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SBA List: Supporting the Worst Anti-Choice Candidates of 2012


The 2012 elections showed voters - finally - just how extreme many anti-choice candidates really are. What voters may not have realized is that several of them were backed by the anti-choice and deceptively named Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List.

In 2012 alone, SBA List supported nine anti-choice candidates who would block abortion access for survivors of rape.

You might remember Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin and Richard Mourdock who outrageously claimed that pregnancy resulting from rape is a "gift from God."

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List, leapt to the defense of both men even when most of their party quickly unfriended them on Facebook. SBA List said, "Congressman Akin has been an excellent partner in the fight for the unborn." And in defending Mourdock's offensive statement, Dannefelser said, "we couldn't agree more."


Dannefelser also cheered the reelection of noted conservative zealots Michelle Bachman in Minnesota and Steve King in Iowa.

That's not all SBA List did in 2012. They kicked up their overall activities by endorsing in the presidential primary for the very first time. Unsurprisingly, they backed Rick Santorum - you know, the guy who said:

"One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."

In the 2012 election cycle, SBA List also introduced a "pro-life" pledge for their endorsed candidates. Candidates who take the pledge promise to nominate anti-choice judicial nominees, select only "pro-life" people to key executive positions, and advance anti-choice legislation.

SBA List found out the hard way that voters don't want abortion to be banned - especially for rape survivors. So after the election, they launched a "training program" to teach anti-choice politicians how to hide their offensive views before elections and not talk about rape.

But we won't let SBA List hide anything about their extreme positions.

This blog post is part of a series that exposes SBA List's radical anti-choice agenda. Check back for our next post on the SBA List's support some of the most extreme anti-choice candidates in the 2013-2014 elections.

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SBA List: Ban Abortion For All Women


Apparently, banning abortion for women in D.C. wasn't extreme enough.

The anti-choice zealots at the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List recently pledged their support for Rep. Trent Franks' (R-AZ) measure that has recently been expanded to ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide.

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This bill is so extreme, it has no exceptions for situations where continuing a pregnancy will place a woman's health or ability to have children in the future at risk.

Blocking access to abortion care or making it illegal doesn't actually change a woman's mind. But it could force her to seek out illegal and unsafe providers that could endanger her life - the terrible and tragic Gosnell case demonstrated as much.

Allowing women to make the best and most informed decisions about their own lives, however, doesn't fit in with SBA List's radical anti-choice agenda to do away with abortion, contraception, and even sex for purposes other than reproduction.

At the same time that SBA List is working with anti-choice politicians like Rep. Franks to pass this nationwide abortion ban, across the river in Virginia, the group is downplaying its extreme goals in order to help elect another ally to governor: Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli supports "personhood" bills. He led the charge of state lawsuits against Obamacare (and lost). He championed TRAP laws to close abortion clinics in Virginia. And, of course, he opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

We've partnered with Bridge Project to expose SBA List's support of right-wing, anti-choice candidates like this, including Todd "legitimate rape" Akin and Richard Mourdock, who said that pregnancy from rape is "something God intended to happen."

Don't let this radical anti-choice group fly under the radar. Read our full report and sign the pledge to stop SBA List from taking the right to choose away from all women.

This blog post is part of a series that exposes SBA List's radical anti-choice agenda. Check back for our next post on the SBA List's support some of the most extreme anti-choice candidates in the 2012 elections.

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Voters Have Spoken: Anti-Choice Politicians Are Out!


We couldn't have asked for a more amazing election night!

President Obama will spend four more years in the White House defending women's freedom and privacy, and many NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed candidates emerged victorious!

But, remember all those guys who recently said some horrible things about whether rape survivors should have access to abortion care? Well, pro-choice voters spoke out yesterday and sent them all packing.


When it came to anti-choice Rep. Todd Akin's campaign against pro-choice incumbent Claire McCaskill for the Senate seat, voters in Missouri legitimately shut that whole thing down.

Anti-choice Richard Mourdock lost his bid to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate. Clearly, his defeat was something voters "intended to happen."

Rep. Joe Walsh lost a tight race against pro-choice Tammy Duckworth in Illinois. Rep. Walsh doesn't believe in life-saving abortion care. That's why, Mr. Walsh, pro-choice voters were hard-pressed to "find one instance" where voting you back into office seemed like a good idea.

John Koster lost his congressional campaign in Washington state. Instead, voters stood with pro-choice advocate Suzan DelBene, and sent a clear message: Hey, Koster, pro-choice Americans vote their values, it's "an election thing!"

Last night's elections clearly show that pro-choice voters will not allow out-of-touch, anti-choice politicians to represent them in office. We know, however, that these politicians aren't going to give up and we can expect attempts to dismantle our reproductive rights in Congress, the states, and the courts. But we will meet these challenges - and fight them - every step of the way.

Thank you for voting your pro-choice values, electing pro-choice candidates to office, and making sure President Barack Obama has four more years in the White House!

Nancy Keenan Talks Extreme Anti-Choice Politicians with Rachel Maddow


Our own Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by The Rachel Maddow Show last night to talk about the recent slew of outrageous anti-choice comments from the campaign trail.

Most recently, we heard Richard Mourdock, who is running for Senate in Indiana, say that pregnancy resulting from rape is "something that God intended to happen."

But that's not all. Rep. Paul Ryan has called rape just another "method of conception." And Rep. Todd Akin drew national attention by claiming that pregnancy rarely occurs from a "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Check out the interview:

Romney has not withdrawn his endorsement of Richard Mourdock. In fact, the only candidate that Mitt Romney has supported in a campaign ad is Mourdock. Has Romney told Mourdock to take down the ads? No.

President Obama spoke out against Mourdock's comments on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in front of millions of viewers: "This is exactly why you don't want politicians - mostly male - making decisions about women's health care decisions." His campaign released its own ad so that voters know where the Romney-Ryan ticket stands.

This is certainly not the first time Romney has failed to stand with women. When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke "a slut," Romney simply said: "It's not the language I would have used."

Romney's refusal to withdraw his endorsement shows voters that he is anything but moderate on choice.

As Nancy Keenan stated, "The American public is not stupid. And I think they're going to see through [the Romney-Ryan ticket] and understand that there's only one person who supports a woman's right to choose, and that's President Barack Obama."

We are horrified by these anti-choice comments and appalled that Romney refuses to withdraw his endorsement for Mourdock.

On November 6, make sure you support the candidate who trusts women to make their own personal decisions: pro-choice President Barack Obama.

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