With Santorum Out, Anti-Abortion Group Lines Up Behind Romney

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Susan B. Anthony List President Majorie Dannenfelser, left, and Director of Culture War Victory Fund Maggie Gallagher after the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) Santorum Bus Tour by Social Conservative Women pulls into Bicentennial Park on March 12, 2012 in Huntsville.

With former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum out of the Republican presidential contest, some of his support is shifting over to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

One of the groups switching sides is the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, which earlier spent $500,000 to support Santorum’s candidacy. The group, which spent $1.8 million on political ads to help elect congressional Republicans in 2010, said it plans to spend $10 to $12 million in 2012.

Romney, a one-time supporter of abortion rights, has changed his position on the issue. He now promises to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which supplies health-care services to women in addition to performing abortions, and has called on the Supreme Court to overturn its Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states.

“Women deserve a president who truly respects our views on an issue so central to womanhood,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA List.

“A President Romney will be that man.”

 

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