Pro-Abortion Group Starts Attacking Sarah Palin, Pro-Life Women Candidates

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 17, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group Starts Attacking Sarah Palin, Pro-Life Women Candidates

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 17
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — The pro-abortion political group Emily’s List started a new national campaign today designed to attack pro-life former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and the slew of pro-life women candidates she is supporting across the country in this year’s congressional elections.

The group’s president, Stephanie Schriock detailed the "Sarah Doesn’t Speak for Me" campaign during a press conference at the National Press Club today.

The campaign will focus on a web site chronicling statements from Palin and pro-life women candidates like Senate nominees Carly Fiorina, Sharron Angle and others that the pro-abortion groups condemns.

The effort is seen as an attack on the "mama grizzlies" Palin has spoken about repeatedly on the campaign trail in what is increasingly seen as the year of the pro-life women — with so many running for the House and Senate or gubernatorial posts.

In May, Palin touted "pro-women" conservatives who are, as she described, politically engaged "mamma grizzlies" against abortion and for traditional values.

"There’s a whole stampede of pink elephants," she said about the large number of pro-life women candidates seeking statewide and Congressional offices this year.

"If you thought pitbulls were tough, you don’t want to mess with mamma grizzlies," she said. "This year will be remembered as the year when common sense conservative women get things done for our country."

The idea behind the Emily’s List campaign is to play off of the high negative ratings Palin has among hardcore abortion advocates in the Democratic Party and use that opposition to drive up voter turnout in a campaign that appears as if it will result in a landslide result for pro-life advocates.

Responding to the new campaign, officials with the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life women’s political group, called it "backwards-looking."

"EMILY’s List is running scared — and it shows," said SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser.

"Clearly, in this ‘Year of the Pro-Life Woman,’ which Sarah Palin helped make possible, women have found their political voices. Pro-life ‘Mama Grizzlies’ represent the majority of women across the country," she told

"We are looking for women leaders who affirm the best in women — who seek to include rather than exclude the rest of humanity as we find our fulfillment," said Dannenfelser. "EMILY’s List is busy perpetuating what it purports to abhor: using women candidates with whom they disagree as punching bags."

Dannenfelser said her group, not Emily’s List, represents women better — especially in light of a new poll released on Monday showing a majority of women believe abortions are morally wrong and too easy to obtain.

Women (53 percent) feel more strongly than men (42%) that abortions are too easy to get, which belies the notion abortion advocates promote that women support abortion more than men, according to the new Rasmussen poll.

The poll also found some 54 percent say abortion is morally wrong most of the time while 32 percent disagree and 14 percent are undecided. Again, women are more pro-life than men as 58% of women believe that abortion is morally wrong in most cases, compared to 49% of men.

"On the eve of the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the SBA List calls upon EMILY’s List to come to grips with reality," she said.

The pro-life group will be hosting an academic panel next week at the Yale Club on that anniversary and it will "explore the roots of why Susan B. Anthony has influenced our views and why EMILY’s List does not," she said.

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