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EMILY’S List AKA “Women Vote!”

by | Jul 17, 2012

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

NRL Political Director Karen Cross

Over the years, many pro-life voters have become familiar with EMILY’s List, a wealthy pro-abortion political action committee that supports only Democratic women who support abortion for any reason; government funding for abortion; and even partial-birth abortion.  Savvy voters across the nation understand that EMILY’s List candidates are pro-abortion, while those endorsed by National Right to Life are pro-life.

What many people may not know is that EMILY’s List has an “independent expenditure” political action committee discreetly called Women Vote!. 

On July 10, Women Vote! broadcast its first television ad in Wisconsin.  They are spending $400,000 on the buy in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Wausau and are targeting two pro-life Republicans – former Governor Tommy Thompson and pro-life businessman Eric Hovde – who are competing in their party’s primary to run for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat. 

Remember: Women Vote! is associated with the most vehemently pro-abortion PAC in the country, yet the ads never mention the word “abortion” or even suggest that Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat, is pro-abortion.  Instead, they attack the pro-life candidates – not on the issue of abortion – rather for being supported by “special interests”.  (As if EMILY’s List and Women Vote! are NOT special interests?)

Why?  Over the years, EMILY’s List must have figured out that the American public is becoming increasingly pro-life.  The vast majority of the country is opposed to the vast majority of abortions and when candidates run on the issue of unregulated abortion for any reason, they are more likely to lose.

According to a 2010 post-election poll, thirty percent of all voters said that abortion affected their vote.  Of that 30%, 22% voted for pro-life candidates, while only eight percent voted for pro-abortion candidates.

EMILY’s List boasts that they have helped elect 87 pro-abortion women to the U.S. House of Representatives, 16 to the U.S. Senate and nine as governors.  They are a powerful PAC and are notorious for raising huge sums of money.

In 2010, NRL PAC actively worked in 130 of the most competitive federal races nationwide.  Eighty-eight of the 130 candidates supported by National Right to Life PAC won.

Eighteen of those candidates were in highly competitive races against candidates who were supported by the pro-abortion group, EMILY’s List, which raised and spent more than $38.5 million dollars in the 2010 elections.  Despite being vastly outspent, the pro-life candidate supported by National Right to Life PAC won in fourteen of those eighteen races (or 78 percent).

In 2012, EMILY’s List has eleven candidates running in the thirty-three U.S. Senate races, five of which are competitive races.  Currently, they have 33 candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The organization’s names – EMILY’s List and Women Vote! – are ambiguous enough to keep the public at large confused about the positions of the candidates.  Generally, EMILY’s List’s endorsement announcements do not even mention their mission which is “dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office.”  Their announcements often discuss building “a more progressive America,” or “improving access to life-saving health care,” and “helping our veterans.”  While researching Independent women voters they surveyed protecting “a woman’s right to make her own health care choices without government intrusion.”  Rarely is abortion mentioned.

Fortunately National Right to Life PAC is there to ensure that voters understand the clear difference between candidates on life issues.  And we don’t mince words.

The work that you do between now and the election is what will make the difference. 

This is a partnership: National Right to Life, its 50 state affiliates, and you.  Because of that partnership the National Right to Life Political Action Committee is the largest and by far the most effective single-issue pro-life political action committee in the country. 

In 2012, National Right to Life created the National Right to Life Victory Fund, a new independent expenditure political action committee dedicated to electing pro-life leaders to the White House and Congress.  With the vast network of grassroots activists, the National Right to Life Victory Fund is ready with the experience and a targeted plan to make THE difference in this election. 

Since its inception in 1980, the work of National Right to Life PAC has consistently provided an advantage for pro-life candidates over pro-abortion candidates.

This pro-life advantage helped elect three pro-life presidents who served a combined twenty years in the White House.

The truth is that ever since 1980 when we elected Ronald Reagan President and carried the Senate, the work you do has been crucial in electing pro-life candidates to Congress.

Why is that crucial? Because research demonstrates that pro-life legislation saves lives.

On the federal level, the Hyde Amendment is estimated to have saved more than one million lives.  On the state level, pro-life legislation is estimated to have saved 116,000 lives in South Carolina alone. 

Whether it’s one life or a million lives, each life saved is precious.  Each life saved is a family blessed with a baby, rather than cursed with despair and regret.

As we look to 2012, one thing is certain. Congress will consider issues that are dear to pro-life people everywhere.

Because pro-life candidates won so resoundingly in 2010, Republicans won control of the House. Under pro-life Speaker John Boehner’s leadership Congress is debating and voting on pro-life legislation once again. 

And on July 11, the House voted to repeal ObamaCare once again! The problem has been when pro-life legislation gets to the Senate, it dies. 

This year, the United States Senate is only a net gain of four seats shy of achieving pro-life leadership.

If we organize, if we work hard in the Senate races, we can win enough seats to be able to send lifesaving legislation to the President’s desk.

For more information about the National Right to Life Victory Fund and how you can help make a difference in this important election, please visit

It’s time to take America back for life!

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