Pro-Life Women Score Big Gains In Mid-Term Election
At 1:04 pm on November 05, 2010
Among the trends in Tuesday's political power shift is a substantial increase in the number of pro-life women elected to Congress and statehouses.
Despite losses by high-profile pro-life candidates Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and Sharron Angle in Nevada, pro-life women won 23 key races in the House, Senate and gubenatorial contests.
Kelly Ayotte, who served as New Hampshire's attorney general from 2004-2009, was elected to the Senate and will be the sole pro-life women in the Senate.
Four pro-life women won gubenatorial races on Tuesday. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Mary Falin of Oklahoma and Susana Martinez of New Mexico will join Jan Brewer, who was reeelected as governor of Arizona.
Among the female pro-life newcomers elected to the House were Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Jaime Herrera of Washington, Renee Elmers of North Carolina and Sandy Adams of Florida.
The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm elections, including $3.4 million targeting pro-life Democratic candidates who voted for health care reform. Thirteen candidates targeted by the group were defeated Tuesday. Health care reform supporters were targeted because the legislation did not specifically exclude abortion from federal funding.
“This shift in numbers from pro-abortion to pro-life women is historic and no accident,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “It is a corrective moment for the women’s movement which must either drop abortion out of its center or risk dropping off the face of the earth.”
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