Anti-abortion female lawmakers and activists, long shouted down by pro-abortion Democrats, are stepping up their efforts to bring their "farm team" of state politicians to Washington and challenge House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the liberal's larger group of pro-choice women.

Led by the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, the effort is also a direct challenge to Emily's List, the highly-successful and well-funded liberal group that helps elect pro-choice women.

Susan B. Anthony List has just created the National Pro-Life Women's Caucus to recruit and organize pro-life women in state legislatures and statewide offices nationwide. "We are the counter to Emily's List," said former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of SBA List. "Things happen in the states and then Washington follows," she told Secrets.

Her goal is to offer support and information to state and local anti-abortion female politicians and also help them get elected to House and Senate seats. "They are a great farm team," said Musgrave.

The new group's leadership team includes Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

"Women are the best messengers when it comes to defending the lives of the unborn and the integrity of motherhood," said Brewer. "I am proud to be a part of this national effort to highlight the leadership of lawmakers who are leading the charge to protect innocent unborn human life and women from the violence of abortion."

This effort will complement the existing Congressional Pro-life Women's Caucus.

Musgrave said the that new caucus will also provide model anti-abortion legislation, the focus of the SBA List, and even offer expert witnesses to speak on the legislation.

It will also offer moral support. In the past, said Musgrave, anti-abortion candidates "are told don't talk about the issue." She said that the new caucus will support female candidates that do raise life issues. "You need the contact with other women to avoid the pitfalls," she said.

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