Ann Marie Buerkle Becomes 8th New Pro-Life Woman in U.S. House

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 24, 2010   |   7:00PM   |   Washington, DC

Ann Marie Buerkle’s defeat of pro-abortion incumbent Dan Maffei in what is considered a major upset in the New York congressional race, has her becoming the eighth new pro-life woman to serve in the House of Representatives — making 17 total.

Although the 2010 midterm elections, which produced excellent results for the pro-life movement, were mostly over, a close race and a recount in the district made the election go on a little longer for Buerkle and her supporters.

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List celebrated her election, which gives the pro-life group 37 wins in the races it targeted featuring pro-life or pro-abortion women.

“Ann Marie Buerkle’s win is historic for women, the unborn and New York’s 25th Congressional District,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told this morning.

“A pro-life gain in this district – thought by many to be out of reach – affirms the wave of pro-life feminine leadership pouring into the 112th Congress.  That wave, including Buerkle’s election, further confirms that 2010 is the Year of the Pro-Life Woman,” she added.

“As the first woman elected to Congress from NY-25, she brings years of experience speaking out for life and feminine leadership harkening back to its roots in authentic pro-life feminism,” Dannenfelser said. “At the same time, she replaces a consistently pro-abortion vote with dependable advocacy for Life on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. ”

As a registered nurse and mother of six, Buerkle will contribute a unique medical background and a strong commitment to ending taxpayer funding of abortion to Congress.

In the weeks leading up to the November general election, the SBA List mailed nearly 23,000 households in the congressional district and bundled nearly $24,000 for the Buerkle campaign.

The SBA List spent $2.3 million electing pro-life women to congressional and statewide office, resulting in a 70 percent increase in the number of pro-life women in the U.S. House of Representatives, an increase in the number of pro-life women governors from one to four and the election of the 112th Congress’ first pro-life woman Senator.  SBA List-endorsed candidates won 83 percent of the time in SBA List-versus-EMILY’s List head-to-head races.