'We Will Make Our Priorities Law of the Land,' Abortion Rights Group Says

By Monisha Bansal | July 7, 2008 | 8:32 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Celebrating their victories in last November's 2006 midterm election, the Democratic women's group Emily's List said Tuesday it was looking ahead to a "President Hillary Clinton" in the White House.

"In 2008 we're going to finish the job. We're going to send George W. Bush back to his ranch and welcome President Hillary Clinton," Emily's List President Ellen Malcolm told supporters in Washington, D.C.

The group, which says it is "dedicated to building a progressive America by electing pro-choice Democratic women to federal, state, and local office," endorsed Clinton for president in January.

"We have two houses back, the House and the Senate - only one to go," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during Tuesday's function.

"We want a Democratic candidate who can win," Malcolm said. "I'm tired of losing.

"The time has come to elect Hillary Clinton to the presidency," she said. "The time has come to elect a president with her commitment to women and children. The time has come to elect a president who will protect a woman's rights, particularly their reproductive rights."

"We will make our priorities the law of the land," Malcolm added.

Clinton, who received a standing ovation from the Emily's List women, said, "We need to make the changes that will lift up our children, our families and our communities."

Clinton said the changes must address the pay gap between men and women, universal healthcare coverage, and Iraq.

"If this president will not end this war in Iraq, then as the next president of the United States, I will," she reiterated.

"Let me be clear, we are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect and defend the American people," added Pelosi. "As the Speaker and a mother, I believe the war in Iraq is the greatest ethical challenge facing our country."

"The war in Iraq is not making our country safer, our military stronger or the region more stable," she said.

Mike Mears, executive director of conservative Concerned Women Political Action Committee, questioned the references to women and children.

"Since when is being in the pocket of an organization that promotes abortion a commitment to women and children?" he asked.

Mears told Cybercast News Service that Emily's List priorities "are not necessarily the priorities of American women who overwhelmingly reject the notion that to be a modern woman, you have to be pro-choice. When will these women figure out they don't speak for most women in America?

"It isn't by accident that when Emily's List makes its case during an election year they talk about positions besides abortion, because they know being pro-choice ... is no longer a winning issue," he said.

"If in fact, a President Hillary makes their issues 'the law of the land,' I can almost guarantee a pro-life Congress the next election," Mears predicted.

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