Emily’s List Backs NYC Candidate Behind Attempted Shutdown of Pregnancy Centers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 26, 2013   |   1:56PM   |   Washington, DC

Emily’s List is supposedly an organization dedicated to electing “pro-choice” Democratic women to office, but the pro-abortion group endorsed a candidate for mayor in New York City dedicated to taking choice away from women.

The pro-abortion political group has endorsed Christine Quinn for mayor. Quinn was one of the members of the city council behind the measure to silence pregnancy centers that provide help for women seeking alternatives to abortion.

From a report on the endorsement:

The influential women-in-politics group EMILY’s List will tell supporters on Friday that as far as New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner is concerned, “It’s time to end this.”

“New Yorkers deserve better than the circus their mayoral race has turned into. I actually caught myself glad I’m not home — where I’d have to see the cover of the NY Post on every street corner,” communications director Jess McIntosh will write Friday morning in an email obtained by NBC News.

Their proposed solution: Donating to Christine Quinn, who would be the first woman mayor of New York.

“She’s tough, she’s experienced, and she’s ready to become the first woman mayor of America’s largest city. She just needs the resources to win in a crowded Democratic primary against one very well-known (and many other) opponents,” the email says.

EMILY’s List works to elect women candidates who support abortion rights, and they first endorsed Quinn back in January.

The former congressman offered new specifics about how many women he sexted after resigning in 2011. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

But as the Weiner scandal has reemerged, they’ve come under criticism from Republicans who say that what Weiner did amounts to a “war on women” — co-opting the language that Democrats used during the 2012 campaign to try and paint the GOP as hostile to women voters.

“Liberal men are leading a violent war on women — and liberal ‘women’s group’ EMILY’S List is helping them,” the conservative ShePAC — led by people with strong ties to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — wrote to its fundraising list a day after news broke that Weiner had continued sexting with women after he resigned from Congress.

ShePAC emailed around pictures of Democrats who’ve strayed. There was Bill Clinton with Monica Lewinsky; presidential candidate John Edwards with his second family, mistress Rielle Hunter and daughter Frances Quinn; former Oregon Rep. David Wu in a tiger costume.

“The real war on women is coming from the left,” the email said.

While Emily’s List avoided the male candidates engaging in a War on Women, they support a woman engaging in her own War on Women.

The New York city council passed a bill that would place stringent limits on the advertising pregnancy centers use and require them to post signs designed to dissuade women from seeking their abortion alternatives services. Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker, and Councilwoman Jessica Lappin were behind the proposed ordinance.

Christopher Slattery of Expectant Mother Care-EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers worked overtime to put public pressure on the council members to vote against the pro-abortion ordinance.

“This is it. The moment we feared most, and tried to prevent,” he told LifeNews.com at the time. “This coming Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 is the final vote by the full NYC City Council on Bill #371 which will regulate the advertising, signage, and the speech with clients of all the individual crisis pregnancy center groups in the five boroughs.”

“If City Council leader Christine Quinn succeeds in passing Bill #371, it will be devastating,” he said.

Quinn’s bill was so bad it was eventually struck down in court.