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Susan B. Anthony List: Nominating an Abortion Extremist for Supreme Court Will Do Little to Reduce Abortion

Contact: Joy Yearout, Susan B. Anthony List, 703-380-6674
WASHINGTON, May 1 /Christian Newswire/ -- In response to today's release of polling data from the Pew Research Center, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following statement:

"Elections have consequences, and the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation battle is likely to further entrench President Obama's dedication to the abortion agenda.  The President has said he would like 'common ground' on abortion policy.  This is an especially relevant objective when you consider yesterday's release of public opinion data by the Pew Research Center showing a sharp decline in support for legal abortion. Choosing a judicial nominee who wants to enshrine the right to an unrestricted abortion in the United States Constitution would certainly be a step in the wrong direction.  Appointing an abortion extremist to replace Justice Souter on our nation's highest court will continue the trend of activist court decisions do little reduce abortion in our nation."

Although he is often described as a moderate, Justice David Souter opposed upholding the federal ban on partial-birth abortion, an abortion restriction supported by the majority if Americans, in Gonzales v. Carhart. During President Obama's campaign for President, he pledged he would not provide an abortion "litmus test," with regard to Supreme Court nominees but added, "I am somebody who believes that Roe versus Wade was rightly decided." 

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found overall support for legal abortion is down 8% since last August. Support for abortion declined by 10% among men and 5% among women over the last eight months. This most recent quarterly poll was conducted from March 31-April 21 among 1,521 adults. 

The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of Americans, over 156,000 residing in all 50 states, dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.