Sen. Joni Ernst to Headline Annual SBA List Gala Celebrating Pro-life Women’s Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2016
Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org 202-223-8073

Rep. Mia Love & Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to Receive Pro-life Awards

Washington, D.C. – This morning the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List announced the details and speakers for its ninth annual Campaign for Life Gala. The event will take place this Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), who was the lead sponsor of legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of the undercover video scandal last year and the 2015 recipient of SBA List’s Distinguished Leader Award, will keynote the event.   

U.S. Congresswoman Mia Love and Texas Governor Greg Abbott will also receive awards for their pro-life leadership. Syndicated columnist and author Mona Charen will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

“When we started Susan B. Anthony List in 1992, there wasn’t a single pro-life woman in the U.S. Senate. Two decades later, the strongest pro-life woman leader in the U.S. Senate, whom we helped elect in 2014, will keynote our annual Gala,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Joni Ernst arrived at the Senate with a strong record of pro-life leadership. She has not hesitated to lead since coming to Washington. When the Center for Medical Progress revealed Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the harvesting and trafficking of baby organs last year, Sen. Ernst immediately responded with legislation to defund the abortion giant. She also took a lead role in gathering majority support in the Senate for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, our top legislative priority, which would stop abortions after five months.

“Another freshman, Representative Mia Love, the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, was quick to take the lead in defending unborn children and mothers,” continued Dannenfelser. “Rep. Love’s moving call to put an end to Planned Parenthood’s barbarity resounded in hearts and minds across the country through her media interviews and floor speeches. We are pleased to recognize the passion and dedication these women advance for the pro-life cause.”

*Please email mquigley@sba-list.org to request press credentials for the gala*

Previous Campaign for Life Gala keynote speakers include Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN), and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA).

The Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, spent $16.71 million in the 2014 election cycle to defeat pro-abortion incumbents and elect pro-life candidates to federal and statewide office. The SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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