Pro-Abortion Group Announces First 2012 Pro-Life Targets

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 5, 2011   |   10:51AM   |   Washington, DC

The pro-abortion group Emily’s List, one of the biggest liberal political organizations that funnels millions of dollars to pro-abortion candidates, has announced its first set of targets for the 2012 election.

The initial set of targets for defeat include five House Republicans believed to be vulnerable in 2012 who reside in competitive congressional districts. They include four lawmakers who have voted pro-life: Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, Nevada Rep. Joe Heck and Florida Rep. Allen West.

But the list also includes Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire, who had a mixed voting record on abortion issues when he was in Congress the first time and only has a 50 percent record this time around. While Bass pleased pro-life organizations with his vote to repeal the Obamacare law that contains abortion-funding provisions and rationing concerns, he voted against the Pence Amendment to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Emily’s List talked about why these five members are the first up for defeat:  “First, despite short tenures, they’ve already amassed appallingly anti-woman, anti-family records. And second, there is major Democratic female talent waiting in the wings. Voters are feeling major buyers’ remorse.”

In New Hampshire, 2010 candidate Ann McLane Kuster will challenge Bass again next year. West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel will run against West a second time around in 2012, and former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will take on Gosar in a rematch. All three of the candidates are extremely pro-abortion in keeping with Emily’s List’s requirements that all supported candidates be Democratic women who oppose any limits on abortions — including stopping taxpayer funding or limiting late-term abortions.

In addition to the $2.5 million Emily’s List funneled directly to candidates in 2010 and the $38.5 million it raised for all candidates last election in indirect donations, the organization provides staff, campaign help and other logistical support for the pro-abortion candidates it backs.

Stephanie Schriock said her group is “putting these guys on notice. Clean up your act, or it’s going to be a lousy election day for you.”

“These Republican freshmen ran saying they’d focus on jobs,” she claimed. “But when they got to office they pulled a bait-and-switch on voters. Instead of creating jobs, they’ve worked tirelessly on an anti-woman, anti-family agenda that takes away women’s rights and freedoms.”

If it wants to see pro-abortion candidates elected, Emily’s List will have to perform better than it did in the 2010 election. Emily’s List was apparently so distraught about losing the elections that it removed its election tracker off its web site the day after the pro-life landslides last year.

“Yesterday was a difficult day” for the pro-abortion movement, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards admitted in the opening of an email to supporters of the abortion business the day after the elections.

“Despite some bright spots in important races — and the resounding defeat of an anti-choice ballot initiative in Colorado — the House of Representatives is now in the hands of dangerous politicians,” she said. “There’s no getting around it: the results of yesterday’s election are truly alarming.”