FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2017
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected] 202-223-8073
The Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo to Receive Pro-life Distinguished Leader Award
Washington, D.C. – This morning the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List announced the details and speakers for its tenth annual Campaign for Life Gala. The event will take place Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker, six years after he gave the keynote address at the same event as a U.S. Representative in 2011.
Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President of The Federalist Society, will receive SBA List’s 2017 Distinguished Leader Award.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
“We are honored to have our good friend Mike Pence return to keynote our annual Gala as Vice President of the United States. It is a fitting homecoming for him, showing how far both he and the pro-life movement have come and how much we have accomplished together,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Unborn children and their mothers could not have a stronger ally at President Trump’s right hand to help carry out the pro-life agenda he has promised. Mike Pence has been an unflinching pro-life champion throughout all his years of public service. He understands that not only is standing up for life the right thing to do, it is a winning issue.”
Dannenfelser continued, “We are also proud to celebrate the leadership of Leonard Leo of The Federalist Society. Not only has he built the nation’s largest, most influential network of constitutionalist lawyers and judges, Leonard and his team were instrumental to one of the Trump Administration’s first and most significant pro-life victories, the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. We look forward to celebrating Leonard and honoring him for his lifelong commitment to the Constitution and the fight for equal rights for the most vulnerable among us.”
Previous Campaign for Life Gala keynote speakers include Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN), and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA).
Then-Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) sponsored more than two dozen pro-life bills in the U.S. House of Representatives, including legislation to stop taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. As Governor of Indiana, Pence signed four major pieces of pro-life legislation, including a bill protecting unborn children from lethal discrimination for disabilities. This year he became the first sitting Vice President to speak at the annual March for Life.
Susan B. Anthony List and its partnered super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, knocking on more than 1.1 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.