The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, a national pro-life political action committee, today announced its endorsement of Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann for Indiana Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Indiana.
The two candidates will face John Gregg and Vi Simpson in November. Gregg claims to be pro-life but supports taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, and Vi Simpson is one of the most pro-abortion members of the Indiana state Senate.
“The SBA List Candidate Fund was thrilled when Mike Pence announced his choice of a strong woman leader like Sue Ellspermann as his running mate. We are proud to endorse this solid pro-life ticket,” said Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
Dannenfelser told LifeNews: “There could not be a greater contrast between these two teams, including the two women running for lieutenant governor. A leader both in academia and politics, Sue Ellspermann is a bold example of authentic pro-life feminism which rejects the notion that women must choose between our children and our achievements. Sue will be an asset to the campaign and the administration of Mike Pence, a longtime pro-life hero in Washington.”
The SBA List president continued: “On the other hand, Indiana state senator Vi Simpson espouses the extreme abortion agenda highlighted at the Democratic National Convention, having voted against any and all efforts to curb abortion, including parental notification efforts and defunding abortion providers. Hoosier women and families will be better served by Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann who will fight for them – not serve the abortion industry.”
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Mike Pence has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001 and has a 100 percent pro-life voting record. Congressman Pence has led the charge to stop taxpayer funding from going to America’s largest abortion company, Planned Parenthood, and spearheaded the 2011 campaign to defund the organization through the Pence Amendment.
Sue Ellspermann was elected to the Indiana state legislature in 2010. She was featured in WORLD Magazine as an up and coming pro-life woman in politics. Ellspermann has earned a 100 percent pro-life voting record while in the legislature. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue and the University of Louisville. Prior to serving in the Indiana Statehouse, Ellspermann founded a consulting business, directed the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research and was actively involved with the Vanderburgh County Right to Life.
During the debate over his amendment, Pence talked about the importance of not having federal funds flow to Planned Parenthood.
“By banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America,” he said after the vote. “I commend my colleagues in both parties for taking a stand for taxpayers and a stand for life. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to support this legislation and end federal funding of Planned Parenthood once and for all.”
Pence led the way in fighting for the amendment to ensure that none of the federal funds in any program or department would go to the abortion business, which does more than 324,000 abortions annually and receives more than $363 million in federal, state and local taxpayer funds.
“I believe that ending an innocent human life is morally wrong,” Pence told his colleagues. “I also believe it is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund organizations that provide and promote abortion-like Planned Parenthood of America.”
The Pence-Ellspermann ticket is endorsed by Indiana Right to Life as well.