Pro-Life Women’s Group Endorses Senate Candidates in Three States

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 11, 2012   |   6:49PM   |   Washington, DC

The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, announced today that it is endorsing Senate candidates in three states, including Michigan, Indiana and North Dakota.

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund announced its endorsement of former Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate in Indiana.  He will face Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) in November.

“In 2010 Joe Donnelly was one of the ‘pro-life’ Democrats led by Bart Stupak who betrayed their principles and constituents by voting for Obamacare, the largest expansion of abortion since Roe,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Last week in Charlotte, former Congressman Stupak lamented the fact that with the HHS Mandate, President Obama violated the compromise on abortion funding that he, Congressman Donnelly, and others thought they had secured through the President’s Executive Order. It seems that Stupak realized much too late what those of us in the pro-life movement knew long ago: the fig leaf of an Executive Order was never going to do a thing to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare.

“Votes have consequences and it’s time to send Joe Donnelly home like the rest of those representatives who failed to stand up with the unborn and pro-life taxpayers. Hoosier families are looking for a principled pro-life leader like Richard Mourdock in the U.S. Senate. Mourdock will be a strong voice for the unborn and women in Washington,” Dannenfelser added.

Richard Mourdock was elected as Indiana Treasurer in 2006 and ran for Congress in the early 1990s.  A pro-life advocate, Mourdock supports a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion and opposes the “Freedom of Choice Act” which would pave the way for unrestricted abortion. Mourdock has been endorsed by Indiana Right to Life.

Meanwhile, the SBA List announced its endorsement of Pete Hoekstra for U.S. Senate in Michigan.  He will face EMILY’s List darling Debbie Stabenow in November.

Pete Hoekstra served in the U.S. House from 1993 to 2011 earning a 100 percent pro-life rating from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). His record includes voting to prohibit partial-birth abortion and cloning, to restrict the transportation of minors across state lines to get abortions, to make it a crime to harm an unborn child during another crime and to fund health care providers who do not provide abortions.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow has been endorsed by EMILY’s List and has a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. While in office, Senator Stabenow voted at least six times against a ban on partial birth abortion as well as against legislation making it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for abortion and against parental notification legislation. Senator Stabenow has also voted repeatedly to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion and in support of sending funding to organizations that support abortion overseas.

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SBA is also backing Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND) for U.S. Senate in North Dakota.  He will face Heidi Heitkamp in November.

Rep. Rick Berg has served in the U.S. House since 2010 when he defeated an incumbent with 55 percent of the vote.  Berg served in the North Dakota state legislature from 1984 to 2001, has earned a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and is a co-sponsor of the D.C. Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and the Protect Life Act.

Former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp was endorsed by EMILY’s List in her 2000 run for Governor.

During the 2010 election cycle, SBA List spent $11 million and was involved in 90 races, 62 of which resulted in victories. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill, increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent, filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate, and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four.