We don’t do a lot of “Candidate _____ is endorsed by ___________” post around here, because most of the time they are just press releases that don’t tell a story of why it matters in an election, or have enough merit in the political backstory to make them relevant. This one has one heck of a back story.
In 2010, Karen Handel had the temerity to tell Dan Becker that she was unopposed to In Vitro Fertilization. He responded by calling her “barren and infertile”, and then having Georgia Right To Life endorse every other Republican Candidate for Governor – including one who had been accused of an inappropriate relationship with one of his students.
Handel went on to work for the Susan G Koman foundation and became a centerpiece of one of the most public battles in recent pro-life activity. Meanwhile, Georgia Right to Life went further into irrelevance by opposing the first piece of pro-life legislation to hit the U.S. House floor in a generation.
The Susan B. Anthony List is reserved for pro-life leaders. Karen Handel has earned their endorsement. In Georgia, that’s both news and relevant. Their press release is below the fold.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) Candidate Fund announced today its endorsement of Karen Handel for U.S. Senate in Georgia. This is the SBA List Candidate Fund’s first Senate candidate endorsement of the 2014 cycle.
“Karen Handel is a strong, articulate pro-life leader and the best candidate in Georgia to speak to the errors of abortion-centered feminism and one of its chief advocates, Michelle Nunn” said Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Karen fearlessly exposed the false roots of the ‘war on women’ PR campaign when she called America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, a bully – and busted the myth that they provide mammograms.
“Last week, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards claimed that life begins when children are delivered. Handel, on the other hand, has a clear record of exposing the abortion industry’s false promises, manipulations and it’s underestimation of the inner resources of women. The SBA List is proud to endorse such a qualified and passionate leader who truly represents a new day for women in politics: strong women who respect and promote the dignity of unborn children and all the people in their lives.”
Karen Handel was elected as Georgia’s first female Secretary of State in 2006. Prior to serving in an elected office, Handel was Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue. She is the former Vice President of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the author of the book Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Handel was serving as Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy when the organization decided, and then later reversed its decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider and does not provide mammograms.
The Susan B. Anthony List and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are 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 at all levels of government. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.