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Susan B. Anthony List Aiming at Pro-Life Female Democrats

By    |   Friday, 24 Oct 2014 05:21 PM

The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List is targeting women in Democratic households in hopes of convincing them to vote for candidates who oppose abortion.

The advocacy group is focusing on Iowa's Senate race between GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, which is running virtually neck-and-neck, reports The Washington Post.

According to surveys, about one-third of Democrats identify themselves as being against abortions, reports Real Clear Politics, and many women feel their pro-life views are being ignored.

According to Susan B. Anthony List consultant Frank Cannon, robo-calls can be a successful tactic when it comes to convincing voters to change their minds. In the 2013 Virginia governor's race, for example, a full 10 percent of Democratic women who got just one of the calls changed their sides, the Post reports.

In that campaign, the call they got said Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe opposed all limits to abortion, and 10 percent of the women either voted for someone else or stayed home and did not vote at all. Meanwhile, women in a control group who did not receive calls didn't change their votes, the Post reports.

In another test, Democratic women were told that Florida Democratic congressional candidate Alex Sink opposed limits on late-term abortions after 20 weeks. As in Virginia, 10 percent of the Democratic women said they either voted Republican or didn't vote at all.

The SBA List is extending its project into other states, hiring 300 canvassers at $10 an hour to knock on doors in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Kansas in hopes of swinging votes in those crucial races, reports The Post.

The group has raised $11.4 million during this election cycle and has invested some $3.5 million in the current campaign. At this point in the 2012 presidential campaign, the List had raised $8.6 million, and in the 2010 midterms, it had $7.1 million.

But many Americans have changed their minds on abortion because of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which outlaws abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

According to a Gallup poll, many Americans do not agree with late-term abortions, but still believe the procedure should be available early. Sixty one percent said abortion should remain legal during the first trimester of pregnancy, 27 percent during the second, and 14 percent in the third.

"We can't fail to take advantage" of the polls, said SRA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

But the right-to-life movement is also facing problems. The pain-capable bill includes exceptions for rape, incest, and risk of life of the mother, a compromise that National Right to Life Committee board member Daniel Becker calls "more about saving politicians than babies."

Becker and many other anti-abortion supporters believe the exceptions were insisted upon by the pro-life lobby itself and have led to a new coalition, the National Personhood Alliance.

And some who side with people who agree with abortion according to the gradual time schedule say they are being spurned by fellow pro-lifers, the Post reports.

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