Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, issued a statement this morning following yesterday’s loss of a citizen-led initiative to stop late-term abortions from being performed in Albuquerque, NM.
Months ago, most Albuquerque residents had no idea their city had become a national hub for late abortion. Local pro-life activists took action to educate their neighbors and ended up gathering 27,000 signatures – more than twice the amount necessary – for a city ballot initiative to stop late abortion,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Planned Parenthood and other national pro-abortion groups, including Organizing for America, saw this spontaneous grassroots effort as a mortal threat and spent $1 million to defeat it.
Despite being outspent four to one, pro-life grassroots activists were able to educate thousands of citizens about fetal pain and the reality of late abortion. This was no small feat in a deep blue city that chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a 15-point margin.
As a campaign veteran myself, I see strong confirmation in yesterday’s results of a fact that I would dearly love to toss aside whenever the life issues are in play: successful campaigns require adequate funding. “Adequate” means enough for the right kind of media buys and for just the right-size dedicated staff to work full-time at the task at hand.
Budget for next year’s campaigns the same way you budget for charity. That’s what it comes to, really; campaigns are another way of making the community better.