FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2011
Contact: Ciara Matthews, (202) 223-8073
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Susan B. Anthony List today announced that its Pro-Life Citizen’s Pledge has received 20,000 signatures. Pledge signers will only support presidential candidates who sign the Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge, which commits candidates to actively advance pro-life policies and legislation if they are elected to the White House. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Thaddeus McCotter, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum all signed the pledge. Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson and newcomer John Huntsman have thus far refused to sign. Both pledges are available at www.prolifepledge.com.
“More and more pro-life Americans are saying they will not vote for any candidate who does not show they are committed to active leadership on the issue,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of SBA List. “We applaud the candidates who have signed the leadership pledge and urge the others to do the same.”
Candidates who sign the Presidential Pledge, if elected President, promise to:
- Only nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;
- Select pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice;
- Advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;
- Advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races including 62 wins and 28 losses. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill; increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent; filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four.