October 16, 2014 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Launches New TV Ad Targeting Ernst’s Ties to Extreme Group in Advance of Tonight’s Debate

October 16, 2014

*** See the New TV Ad Below ***

Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America released a new 60-second television ad tying Senate candidate Joni Ernst to the extreme right-wing Susan B. Anthony List political action committee. SBA List, in the past, has supported candidates like Todd “legitimate rape” Akin and Richard “God intended pregnancy though rape” Murdoch.

The ad, which NARAL Pro-Choice America will spend five-figures to run in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids media markets, is being released in advance of tonight’s debate in Sioux City.

You can see the ad below.

“SBA List is supporting Joni Ernst for the same reasons they supported Todd Akin, Richard Murdoch, Ted Cruz and numerous other candidates – because they are way outside of the mainstream and they need extreme politicians to advance their agenda,” said Erika West, Political Director at NARAL Pro-Choice America. “SBA List stands against sex education, birth control access and legal abortion. It is also clear, Joni Ernst understands and shares their vision – one that puts Iowa women and families at risk.”

Last year, after the group got heavily involved in the Virginia governor’s race, NARAL Pro-Choice America and American Bridge released a report on the SBA List and their extreme positions. See the report here.

Full Script of the Ad

“You’ve probably heard of Susan B. Anthony.

She fought against slavery and championed women’s rights. But odds are you haven’t heard of the Susan B. Anthony List—a radical right wing political action committee pledged to spend 10 million dollars this year to elect anti-choice candidates in states like yours.

Who does the List support? People like Todd Akin—who said women’s bodies could prevent pregnancies during “legitimate rape.”

Or Richard Mourdock, who said pregnancy from rape is “something God intended to happen.”

They oppose abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.

They’re against contraception and sex education. Most Americans agree that personal healthcare decisions are best left to women and their families, but the SBA List thinks they know what’s best for everyone.

So when you see an ad by the Susan B Anthony List: Don’t be fooled by the name. They’re as anti-woman as it gets.

Call Joni Ernst and ask her: Do you stand with Iowa women and families…or the extreme agenda of the Susan B. Anthony List?

NARAL Pro-Choice America is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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