Susan B- Anthony List

Make Them All Squeal

If only we had such pols in Virginia. Joannie Ernst, an Iowa Senator, is running for the U.S. Senate in a crowded Republican primary. Trailing badly, she now has momentum, recognition and possibly drawn an inside straight to the nomination (see John McCormick at Business Week). The "Why?" is her unfailing principled conservatism. The "How?" is much more integral to the story. It's her unique ad that is resonating not only in agriculture rich Iowa, but across the nation:

Joannie Ernst is trying to castrate politics as usual.

Now, Ernst has a background that lends itself to this type of ad. But it's not only her background and the humor (and shock) inherent in it. It's the determined, purposeful, forceful stand she communicates. A candidate can be forceful and not dour. Why don't more conservatives take this approach? What are they afraid of?

There are those on the Right who claim saying "no" isn't enough, but when the Left is foisting unneeded, unwanted and destructive policies disguised as solutions to issues where no problems exist; that are deconstructing our nation's greatness, "no" often is the best and only answer.

While Ernst wants to make the big spenders squeal, it doesn't end there. She's a committed social conservative, too, who earned the Susan B. Anthony List endorsement because of her staunch pro-life record (see Shane Vander Hart at

Limited spending. Pro-life. No doubt it's not only the Left that are squealing, but the GOP establishment as well. I don't know how this primary will turnout, but at least Ernst has injected enthusiasm and promise into a campaign many had conceded to the likely Democrat nominee. Those two elements are sorely lacking among many right-of-center in Virginia and, indeed, around the country.

Facts About Planned Parenthood, Part 1: The Financial Cost

From our friends at Susan B. Anthony List, here is the first of four graphics detailing the truth about Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. The enormity of its enterprise and income is startling.
Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry would have the public believe it's in the not-for-profit sector and deserves taxpayer funding through state and federal contracts for "women's healthcare services" governments don't offer. But it rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars aborting unborn children. Doesn't sound healthy for women — and certainly not the children.

McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Center Safety Measures Supported By Gosnell's Lawyer!

Hand it to Terry McAuliffe. He won't back down. Not to the abortion industry. Not even to the point of being more pro-abortion than convicted baby murder Kermit Gosnell's lawyer. Even former President Bill Clinton, of whom McAuliffe is one of the biggest of FOBs (Friends of Bill) wants abortion "Safe, legal and rare." But McAuliffe has drawn a stark contrast between himself and a super majority of Virginians and Americans at large — even those who support abortion, but recognize the abomination it has become in abortion centers, such as the "Houses of Horrors" run by Gosnell and others. Last week, the Susan B. Anthony List released a statement describing the extreme position McAuliffe has taken on abortion center safety standards and how even Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for the recently convicted Gosnell, who said his client suffered from the "baby factor," supports oversight of abortion centers and certain restrictions on their procedures. Here is the entire news release:

Terry McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Clinic Regulations Supported by Gosnell Attorney

Jack McMahon Says He Supports Increased Regulation of Clinics, Late-Term Abortion Limit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Jack McMahon, defense attorney for convicted murderer and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, told FOX News' Megyn Kelly that he supports increased regulation of abortion clinics as well as a ban on abortion past 16-17 weeks in order to forestall crimes like those Gosnell committed. In light of McMahon's statements, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser blasted Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's opposition to increased health and safety standards for the Commonwealth's abortion facilities.

"Weeks of graphic testimony detailing the horrors and conditions inside Kermit Gosnell's Philadelphia abortion clinic was enough to sway even Gosnell's own attorney,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “If McMahon can agree that women going into abortion facilities must be treated with basic dignity and respect, why can't Terry McAuliffe? Virginia women are increasingly disturbed that a politician who seeks to represent women would oppose such elementary efforts to protect our health and safety.

“Kermit Gosnell isn't alone. More than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities last year. Unsafe, unsanitary conditions — not to mention barbaric abortion practices — continue to be exposed nationwide. Shame on McAuliffe for refusing to join the General Assembly and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in standing up for Virginia women. Women deserve better than his extreme abortion ideology.”

Last month, McAuliffe's campaign was asked by the Washington Post to confirm or deny that he supports “a platform of abortion on-demand at any time, for any reason, paid for by Virginia taxpayers,” including “sex-selective abortion, late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and abortions on teenage girls without parental consent — all paid for by Virginia taxpayers.” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment to the Post.

The SBA List has compiled an ever-expanding fact sheet on abortion industry negligence and brutality toward women and children occurring nationwide.

Terry McAuliffe: Too extreme for Bill Clinton; too extreme even for convicted killer Kermit Gosnell's attorney!

Miraculous Success: Life And Conscience Protected

It was nothing short of a miracle yesterday afternoon: The General Assembly passed Governor Bob McDonnell's pro-life amendment to HB 1900. The amendment prohibits health insurance plans that are part of federal health insurance exchanges required by Obamacare from covering abortion services except in cases of rape, incest and life of the mother. With the passage of this amendment, pro-life Virginians will no longer be required to violate their consciences and fund the unethical destruction of human life. To put it precisely, as one legislator who voted for the amendment said:

I truly believe that this amendment will save more lives than perhaps anything we've ever done.

The amendment's passage was a tale more convoluted than the typical legislative labyrynth, complete with procedural moves unfamiliar to most, dramatic back room conversations and mistakes that turned into miracles. Suffice it to say, God was at work — mightily. He alone deserves the credit for this success. We'll tell the complete and detailed insider story in a later post.

Regardless of how legislators may feel about Obamacare health insurance exchanges, the vote on this amendment was solely about the taxpayer funding of abortion. Many who voted for this amendment oppose the concept of exchanges overall. Please note when checking how your legislator voted, that a vote for this pro-life amendment cannot be considered a vote against health care freedom. Some type of exchange must be created, by law, so this was to make the best of a bad situation.

Although many deserve thanks for this important victory, we would like to specifically thank Governor McDonnell for introducing the amendment, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling for ruling the amendment germane (click links for contact information), the 20 senators and 55 delegates who voted for the amendment (click links for names), national pro-life organizations for their assistance, such as the Susan B. Anthony List, and local pro-life groups — especially the Virginia Catholic Conference, the Virginia Society for Human Life, and the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists — for joining us in our advocacy on this amendment at Mr. Jefferson's capitol yesterday.

Conscience and life were protected today. Please thank God first, but secondly those above who deserve our gratitude for their principled stand for life. The complete details and inside story tomorrow.


How Will You Answer? Abortion Survivor Contrasts Obama Position With Her Story In New SBA List Ad

The Susan B. Anthony List, a leading pro-life organization, earlier this week released a compelling one minute television ad featuring Melissa Ohden, who not only survived an abortion but also her subsequent abandonment. She describes her own life or death ordeal then juxtaposes it with the stated position, and legislative voting history, of President Barack Obama, which includes his opposition to bans on late-term and sex-selection abortions, and protections for abortion survivors (i.e., letting born alive babies die). It's a chilling contrast. While all three of those proposals enjoy consistent super majority approval in public opinion polls, pro-abortion activists turn logic on its head with their claim that defending life is somehow an extreme position. Ms. Ohden's testimony demonstrates which side truly is extreme.

According to a statement by SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser:

. . . it's important Americans know the President's best-kept secret: his extreme record on abortion. Melissa Ohden's powerful story draws a stark contrast to his unbending support of abortion and the abortion industry and reveals the human face to this debate. President Obama's appalling record on abortion is not just limited to his four votes to deny rights to abortion survivors but spans to his recent heartless refusal to support bans on sex-selection and late-term abortions. These actions fly in the face of mainstream American views and run counter to the President's first term pre-election talk of finding common ground. Recent polling reveals the majority of Americans support bans on these horrific practices.

How will you answer? President Obama's action, or rather inaction, speaks louder than his many words words about common ground.

While Others Desert Him, The Romantic Music Plays On For Barack And Planned Parenthood

Our friends at the Susan B. Anthony List have produced a short, but very amusing, video detailing the intimate relationship between Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood. It's been a long, cozy, lovey-dovey courtship (see, a true love affair between like-minded souless mates. Here are a few facts from SBA List and you can get the rest of them here:

» In a 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, then-candidate Obama told the audience, "On this fundamental issue, I will not yield, and Planned Parenthood will not yield."

» In its 2008 endorsement of then-candidate Obama, Planned Parenthood Action Fund made just its second presidential endorsement in its history, noting his 100% voting record with Planned Parenthood dating back to his time as a state senator in Illinois. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards exclaimed, "there is no organization better positioned to reach out to women voters than the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. We will do all that we can to support Barack Obama. …"

» During the 2008 and 2010 election cycles alone, Planned Parenthood spent over $1.7 million dollars to help elect President Obama and support his fellow pro-abortion Democrats.

» During fiscal year 2009, Planned Parenthood reported receiving over $363 million dollars in government grants and contracts — an all-time record — boosting their annual budget to over $1 billion.

Perhaps most egregious, the Obama administration has shoved aside states such as Indiana, which have defunded Planned Parenthood, and forced "federal money" (i.e., our tax dollars) into those states. Earlier this month, the president ignored New Hampshire's rejection of a $1.8 million dollar contract with Planned Parenthood, and rammed the money into the state by contracting directly with Planned Parenthood. Anything to showoff for a sweetheart. Also done in certain Central American countries. Here's the video:


The Story Planned Parenthood Doesn't Want You To Hear

There's a story Planned Parenthood doesn't want you to hear and for good reason. It's the story of Abby Johnson, a former director there, and she's talking and writing. Planned Parenthood doesn't like that much and is trying to squelch this new ad by our friends at and the Susan B. Anthony List. But Ms. Johnson knows all about Planned Parenthood's motives and inner workings. Her testimony is another voice to the many horrors that organization has perpetuated on our society. As we wrote earlier this week, it's best to hear it from the source, directly, when it is blunt about its intentions. Now we have another voice, a brave, composed voice, shedding a necessary light on Planned Parenthood.

Abby Johnson knows first hand about Planned Parenthood and its deceptions and nefarious practices.

Another Webcast On ObamaCare

We alerted you yesterday to an informative Americans For Prosperity tele-town hall about Washington's attempt to take control of the nation's health care. It's important to stay informed on this critical issue as the time approaches on a historic Congressional vote that could transform one-sixth of the U.S. economy into a European, government-run model. In case you could not catch last night's event, the Family Research Council is offering an opportunity to participate in another one, on Tuesday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. This Webcast town hall also will feature U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the featured speaker at the AFP tele-town hall last night. Congressman Pence is the third highest ranking member of the Republican House caucus and one of the country's most principled free-market leaders.

Among the confirmed participants are:

» Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action

» U.S. Representative Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.)

» Bryan Fischer, Director of Issue Analysis, American Family Association

» Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director, Students for Life

» Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List

» Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director, National Right to Life

» Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President, FRC Action

Discussion points will include what we can do to stop this horrendous bill from getting passed (see Speaker Nancy Pelosi's admission, here) as well as an overviews of what's in the bill, when the vote might take place, and alternative solutions. To register for this free event, which will take viewer questions, click here.

Participate In Friday's The March For Life Online!

A note from FRC's Tony Perkins:

Tomorrow, the Family Research Council will join tens of thousands of Americans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to march in remembrance of the tens of millions of unborn children whose lives were ended as a result of Roe v. Wade. Before the March for Life begins, FRC will once again host Blogs for Life, the fifth annual gathering of pro-life bloggers and new media activists. The event will also be webcast live from 8:30-11:30 a.m., so no matter where you live, you can go online to hear speakers such as:

Congressman Todd Akin, (R-Mo.); Congressman Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio); Jill Stanek, Blogger and Speaker,; Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life; Dr. David Prentice, Senior Fellow, Family Research Council; Joseph Farah, Founder and CEO, WorldNetDaily; Kristen Day, Executive Director, Democrats for Life; Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List, and more.

If you are unable to travel to our nation's capital for the March for Life, you can join FRC on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by participating in the Virtual March for Life — a creation of our friends at Americans United for Life. To do this, visit the website join the Virtual March, and choose the avatars with the "FRC" T-shirts. You'll be marching with us (virtually) on the National Mall (we promise there won't be any blue creatures or flying things). It's a great way to speak up for life if you can't be in Washington on Friday.

Register now for the Blogs For Life Webcast!


Tony Perkins

24,000 Signed Up For Tonight's Pro-Life Webcast, More Welcome!

As of earlier today, 24,000 people have registered for the pro-life Webcast we mentioned Tuesday (see here). Of course, more are welcome. It begins at 9:00 p.m. and will last for about 70 minutes. Click on the above link for more details or visit (click here). Below is a list of featured speakers, an all-star line-up of individuals and organizations who and which do non-stop work in the defense of innocent, unborn life. Participating in an event with them is sure to be a very highly educational and motivating experience, and very much worth your time. One person we are particularly happy to see participate is Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life. She is particularly helpful to us during the General Assembly in lobbying for pro-life legislation.

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH, U.S. House of Representatives MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, Susan B. Anthony List FR. FRANK PAVONE, Priests for Life CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS, U.S. House of Representatives KRISTAN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee DR. JAMES DOBSON, Focus on the Family DR. CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life TOM MINNERY, Focus on the Family KRISTEN DAY, Democrats for Life PEGGY HARTSHORN, Heartbeat International DR. RICHARD LAND, Southern Baptist Convention ERLC MELINDA DELAHOYDE, Care Net DAY GARDNER, National Black Pro-Life Union CARMEN PATE, Point of View Radio Show DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life (moderator)