Pro-life women leaders are once again urging voters to choose “anyone but Trump” in the 2016 race. The coalition, made up of advocates from groups like Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America, sent out an urgent anti-Trump letter to voters ahead of the Iowa Caucus last month, which they say led to a “slowdown in momentum” for the outspoken billionaire. They’re hoping to have the same success in South Carolina.
Dear South Carolina voters,
As pro-life women leaders from South Carolina and across the nation, we urge Republican primary voters to support anyone but Donald Trump. On the issue of defending unborn children and protecting women from the violence of abortion, Mr. Trump cannot be trusted and there is, thankfully, an abundance of alternative candidates with proven records of pro-life leadership whom pro-life voters can support. We have come to this conclusion after having listened patiently to numerous debates and news reports, but most importantly to Donald Trump’s own words.
The letter goes on to list a few more specific reasons as to why Trump is not the right candidate for the pro-life movement – the most egregious of which being his desire to place his sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, on the Supreme Court. Barry is hardly a pro-life warrior – she once struck down the common sense Partial Birth Abortion ban in New Jersey.
The open letter was signed by the following pro-life activists. Will they be able to disrupt Trump's current double-digit lead in The Palmetto State?
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List
Tami Fitzgerald, North Carolina State Director, Susan B. Anthony List
Maggie Gallagher, Columnist and author
Rep. Donna Hicks, South Carolina District 37
Laura Beth Kirsop, Chairman of the Upstate Young Republicans & Pro-life Advocate
Andrea Lafferty, President, Traditional Values Coalition
Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairman, Concerned Women for America
Aimee Murphy, Founder, Life Matters Journal
Marilyn Musgrave, Fmr. Congresswoman, VP of Government Affairs, Susan B. Anthony List
Penny Nance, President and CEO, Concerned Women for America
Melissa Ohden, Abortion Survivor and Pro-life Activist & Speaker
Star Parker, Founder and President, Urbancure
Tonya Shellnutt, State Director, Concerned Women for America South Carolina
Jill Stanek, National Campaign Chair, Susan B. Anthony List
Rep. Wendy Nanney, South Carolina District 22