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Susan B. Anthony List Marks Roe Anniversary with 'Get Ready for 2008' Event

Contact: Theresa Bock, Susan B. Anthony List, 703-683-5558


WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Monday, the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization dedicated to mobilizing and advancing pro-life women in politics, will hold a "Get Ready for 2008" breakfast featuring likely presidential candidates (Senators John McCain, R-AZ and Sam Brownback, R-KS, former Governors Mitt Romney, R-MA and Mike Huckabee, R-AR, former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani and Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-CA have all been invited) and new and veteran pro-life members of Congress. The event is being held in conjunction with the annual March for Life taking place Monday in Washington.


Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser says pro-lifers are not looking past the next two years, but with more and more people jumping into the 2008 presidential race, pro-lifers have to be in the game early.


"We have to establish up front that a presidential candidate's stance on life will be a deciding factor for a large number of voters," said Dannenfelser. "And already you have EMILY's List poised to get behind Hillary Clinton – so clearly those in the pro-abortion movement plan to make this a front and center issue." EMILY's List is the country's largest political action committee supporting pro-abortion candidates.


"As to the 110th Congress, we are expecting no net policy change over the next two years. By running self-described pro-life democrats against pro-life Republicans, the Democratic Party provided itself a margin of victory in several key House and Senate races," Dannenfelser said. (Examples include Bob Casey, Jr. over Rick Santorum for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania and Heath Shuler over Charles Taylor in North Carolina's 11th district.) "But now that Democrats control both houses of Congress, Democratic Party strategists must deal with how to soft pedal the abortion agenda. Are abortion rights activists going to give Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Clinton a pass in the Congress and, for Clinton, in the primaries?


"The reality is partisan politics will likely prevent the passage of common ground measures on the issue of abortion. Pelosi and Clinton cannot afford the political bruising they would suffer at the hands of the liberal Democrat political machine. Advocating for the passage of true consensus issues like a federal parental notice bill, the Child Custody Protection Act or a ban on third trimester abortions, issues which receive over 65 of percent public support, would place them well outside their party's inner circle."


ATTN MEDIA: Monday's event will be at The University Club in Washington, DC, from 8-10 am. Please contact the SBA office at 703-683-5558 for more information. The event is open to the media.


The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of Americans (over 140,000 residing in all 50 states) dedicated to mobilizing and advancing pro-life women in politics. www.sba-list.org