The Suzy B Blog

May 20, 2010
Carly Fiorina: "I'm a Real Pro-Life Candidate"

This week, SBA List endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate in California, Carly Fiorina sat down with CBN News' David Brody to discuss the race.

What did she have to say about her SBA List endorsement and protecting unborn lives?

“I think Susan B. Anthony realizes I’m a real pro-life candidate and people who care about the sanctity of life want a candidate who can win because whether or not voters of California agree with me the vast majority of them disagree with Barbara Boxer on this issue. Barbra Boxer believes in any abortion any time, anywhere during any stage of pregnancy including late term and she believes that taxpayers should pay for it. Most Californians do not agree with that extreme view.”

What's more? Latest poll results from the Public Policy Institute of California have Carly (24%) in the lead over both of her male opponents, Tom Campbell (23%) and Chuck Devore (16%). Go Carly Go!

Carly on receiving the endorsement of the SBA List:



On winning:

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May 20, 2010
Setting the Record Straight on Susan B. Anthony

This op-ed ran on the "On Faith" blog at The Washington Post today.

Susan B. Anthony: Pro-life feministSBA older years for blog
By Marjorie Dannenfelser
president, Susan B. Anthony List

Two Susan B. Anthony scholars, Ann Gordon and Lynn Sherr, think they've struck at the heart of the pro-life argument: the Susan B. Anthony List's ignorance of who its namesake actually was. Citing a lack of documentation of the suffragists' stance on abortion, the authors concluded that Anthony was, "instead," pro-women's rights - in the Hillary Clinton-era sense of the term - or, at best, that abortion was nowhere on her radar.

The argument is unfounded on many levels, but foremost, on the credibility issue.

Susan B. Anthony was passionate and logical in her arguments against abortion. The Revolution was her brainchild, co-founded with Elizabeth Cady Stanton as a weekly women's rights newspaper that acted as the official voice of the National Woman Suffrage Association and in which appeared many of her writings alongside those of her like-minded colleagues. Most logical people would agree, then, that writings signed by "A" in a paper that Anthony funded and published were a reflection of her own opinions.

In one house editorial, signed "A", she wrote: "Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh, thrice guilty is he who... drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!" [The Revolution, 4(1):4 July 8, 1869]

Further, as one becomes familiar with Anthony's compatriots and their thoughts on the issue, it is clear and consistent that these early women leaders did not believe abortion was a good thing for women.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton lamented, "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit." [Letter to Julia Ward Howe, October 16, 1873]

In Anthony's The Revolution, Stanton referred to abortion as "infanticide." [1(5):1, February 5, 1868]
Victoria Woodhull, the first female presidential candidate, told a newspaper of the day that "Every woman knows that if she were free, she would never bear an unwished-for child, nor think of murdering one before its birth." [Wheeling, West Virginia Evening Standard, November 17, 1875]

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician, recorded in her diary her thoughts about Madame Restell, an early New York abortionist. She said, "The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism. That the honorable term 'female physician' should be exclusively applied to those women who carried on this shocking trade seemed to me a horror. It was an utter degradation of what might and should become a noble position for women." [1845]

All of this went on-record at a time when abortion wasn't even a hot political issue of the day. Even those doctors practicing abortion had to disguise what they advertised as a service to restore a woman's regular menstrual cycle. Abortion simply wasn't up for debate at a time when society itself was firmly against the practice.

So, while the Life cause isn't the issue that earned Susan B. Anthony her stripes in American history books, historians would be wrong to conclude that Anthony was agnostic on the issue of abortion.
Anthony understood that fighting for women included the rights of her unborn child.

Over time, "feminism" became the label adopted by activists preaching that women's rights and abortion rights were somehow one and the same. For years, too many feminists have told women facing a crisis pregnancy the only way to continue a successful life is to have an abortion.

But recently, there has been a shift back to the traditional roots of a Susan B. Anthony feminism that empowers women through their strength to give life even in the most difficult and unexpected circumstances. In recent Gallup polling, more and more women self-label themselves "pro-life" over "pro-choice." More and more pro-life women run for public office.

Many conservative commentators have hailed this "new feminism," the rising majority of women who reject the radical feminism of the 1960's and use traditionally "feminist" issues, such as abortion, to herald in a new era of women's rights. This new wave of excitement is poised to elect true pro-life women to Congress, and the Susan B. Anthony List is looking forward to November to usher in these leaders who understand that the rights of one are not built on the broken backs of another.

And, in case there's still lingering doubt about where Susan B. Anthony's convictions lie, her words to Frances Willard in 1889 speak for themselves: "Sweeter even than to have had the joy of children of my own has it been for me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them."

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May 20, 2010
Mother Must Be Praying

The Susan B. Anthony List’s “Celebration of Life Breakfast” was blessed with the presence of Marie Miller, a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Front Royal, VA. Marie performed her song “Mother Must Be Praying” for the over 500 guests in attendance, including the event’s headliner, Sarah Palin. Marie wrote the song with award winning producer Mark Heimmerman and Nashville based songwriter Judson Spence. She shared the following comments:


“The song is about the power of a mother's prayer, and I am constantly experiencing this power through the beautiful intercession of my mother. She is my hero, teacher, and friend, and I know I am blessed because of her prayers. Through her example as a mother, she has showed me the value of every human life. I am so proud to be a young woman who is 100% pro-life. I know this is widely due to my mom's prayer and example. That's why "Mother Must be Praying" is one of my favorite songs to sing.”


Marie has had the chance to spread this beautiful pro-life message around the world from India to the District of Columbia while captivating her audience, which has included everyone from teens to the religiously consecrated and politicians. “Last month I played "Mother Must be Praying" in Calcutta, India at Mother Teresa's home for the sick and the dying.  Most recently I performed it for the wonderful people attending the Susan B. Anthony List breakfast with Sarah Palin. My only explanation for all these blessed opportunities is that my mom and God are close friends!”


 “He delights in her humble heart and gives her living water.....” is the line that touches Marie’s heart the most each time she performs. This is because it serves as a reminder of how amazingly humble mothers are. Marie states: “They are constantly doing beautiful work without any praise from the world. What is so unbelievable is that they are doing the most important work: teaching, loving, and nurturing the next generation.” This generation is ensured a future by the strong pro-life convictions of young leaders like Marie Miller. Thank you Marie!



Below are the lyrics to Marie’s song “Mother Must Be Praying”


Out here in oblivion everyone's sleep walking

Blissfully unaware of kingdoms rising and falling

I'm here in this mess living life unconscious

It's painfully obvious I need to find a way out of this


Somewhere there's a candle burning, and a voice that's pleading

Somehow the world keeps turning, one soul believing

The earth trembles and heaven moves

Love is interceding -My mother must be praying


In her quiet place a simple sanctuary

She cries out from her knees to the only God almighty

And He knows her every breath like a father knows His daughter

And He delights in her humble heart and gives her living water


She storming the gates of heaven in the darkest hour

He surrounds her with His presence and reveals His power

The earth trembles and heaven moves

Love is interceding -My mother must be praying


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