SBA Pro-Life America: Group's new name reflects growing mission

March for Life 2022 Participants at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2022. | CNA

The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List is embracing a new name: Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America — or SBA Pro-Life America.

“We've really kind of outgrown the ‘list’ part of our name,” Mallory Carroll, the vice president of communications, told CNA on Wednesday. “SBA Pro-Life America reflects both our history and our growth into the policy and political muscle, that arm that we've become.” 

The group began in 1992 as a counter to EMILY’s List — which exists to get Democratic pro-choice women elected — by giving pro-life women a voice in politics. 

“Thirty years ago, the loudest voices in politics belonged to the abortion lobby and America’s pro-life women were seldom heard,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of SBA Pro-Life America, said in a press release. “Today, women are at the forefront of historic life-affirming change in state legislatures and in Washington, and the pro-life movement is at the threshold of a new era.”

Carroll confirmed that the move is also “anticipatory of the opportunities that we're going to have in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead with the decision in the Dobbs case,” or the Supreme Court case that may overturn Roe v. Wade. If Roe, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, is overturned, then abortion legislation could be left up to each individual state.

She added that the group is “expanding at the state level to be able to replicate what we've done at the federal and statewide level in elections and policy, heavily investing in elections and then leveraging that success into policy wins for the unborn and for their mothers.”

“The arc of the history of our organization and the history of our pro-life movement and the history of abortion jurisprudence in this country made now the right time to move forward with this change,” she told CNA.

The new name, Alexandra DeSanctis at National Review wrote, counters abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America. When asked about the name similarities, Carroll told CNA that NARAL’s name was not a part of her group’s decision-making process.

“We really see ourselves as countering the whole pro-abortion lobby, not just political entities like EMILY's List, but the abortion industry itself, and pro-abortion research entities like the Guttmacher Institute and pro-abortion grassroots movements that are working to expand access to chemical abortion,” she told CNA.

The group does this through “all of our entities,” she said, including its research arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and its program to empower pregnant women in need (Her PLAN) as well as its super PAC and candidate fund.

“We're trying to meet the needs of the movement in every way,” Carroll told CNA.

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