Pro-Abortion Emily’s List Backs Ohio, Illinois Candidates

State   |   Andrew Bair   |   Aug 25, 2011   |   1:06PM   |   Washington, DC

EMILY’s List announced their support today for two more pro-abortion Congressional candidates. The organization aims to elect women to office who share their pro-abortion goals, including taxpayer funding of abortion and partial-birth abortion.

The newest candidates added to “the list” include Cheri Bustos, an Alderwoman from East Moline, IL and Ohio State Representative Connie Pillich. If victorious in a competitive Democratic primary, Bustos will take on pro-life Rep. Bobby Schilling in the general election. Pillich will face either pro-life Rep. Steve Chabot or pro-life Rep. Jean Schmidt, depending on how the district lines are ultimately drawn during redistricting.

Rep. Schilling’s Democratic-leaning Illinois district is a prime target for Democrats in 2012. Obama won the district in 2008. On their website, EMILY’s List calls it “vital to rebuilding a Democratic majority in the House.” Schilling pulled an upset in 2010, unseating pro-abortion incumbent Rep. Phil Hare. Upon his entrance to Congress, Schilling has been a voice for unborn children, voting to end taxpayer funding of abortion, funding for Planned Parenthood and to repeal the pro-abortion Obama healthcare law.

In Ohio, both Rep. Chabot and Rep. Schmidt have earned the ire of pro-abortion groups for their strong support for the right to life. EMILY’s List calls Chabot “one of the House’s most radically anti-choice, anti-family members.” They also accuse him of waging a “GOP War on Women.”

The possibility of facing Rep. Jean Schmidt in a general election must scare EMILY’s List because Schmidt directly undermines their traditional talking points. Rep. Schmidt has earned a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee and is a testament to strong pro-life, pro-woman leadership.