FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2016
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected], 703-380-6674
Washington, D.C. – Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) declared victory last night when Donald Trump won the presidential race and pro-life Republicans maintained control of the U.S. Senate. SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following comment this afternoon:
“This is an historic moment for the pro-life movement. We are poised to make the biggest legislative advances for the protection of unborn children and their mothers since Roe v. Wade was decided. With a pro-life White House and Congress there are four critical pro-life goals now within our reach: end painful late-term abortions, codify the Hyde Amendment, defund Planned Parenthood, and appoint pro-life Supreme Court Justices.
“The power of the pro-life grassroots was a huge factor in making possible a pro-life White House and Senate.
“This cycle Susan B. Anthony List set out to create the largest person to person pro-life ground game in the nation. We spent the last year talking to more than 1.6 million voters in battleground states of North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, and Missouri. We spoke to voters directly at their doors and through hard-hitting mail and digital ads. Not only did we work to turn out inconsistent pro-life voters, we identified and contacted persuadable Democrats, including one hundred thousand Hispanics.
“We educated them about the Democrats’ support for taxpayer funding of late-term abortion up until the moment of birth. And it is exactly those voters we contacted who propelled Donald Trump and Mike Pence to victory.
“Donald Trump also went on offense to expose Clinton’s extremism. The third presidential debate opened with a landmark debate over abortion. Donald Trump described well the horror of partial birth abortion. He forced Clinton to own up to the fact that there is not one circumstance in which she would protect the right to life of an unborn child – a position that is abhorrent to the majority of Americans.
“The abortion issue has consistently been on voters’ minds this election. According to Google trends, abortion was the second most searched for term during the first general election debate. In the days leading up to the election, abortion was in the top 2 issues and just yesterday, it was the number one issue voters were searching for related to both candidates.
“Now the hard work begins of making these opportunities a reality.”
Donald Trump and pro-life Senate candidates won in every state where SBA List engaged. Leading up to Election Day, SBA List reached 1.6 million pro-life voters, including 1.1 million voters contacted directly at their homes in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Missouri.
Susan B. Anthony List and its connected super PAC, Women Speak Out so far have spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, knocking on more than one million doors in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. 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.