Anti-abortion group backs Loeffler's election campaign after opposing her Senate appointment

Anti-abortion group backs Loeffler's election campaign after opposing her Senate appointment
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A key anti-abortion group is backing Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats reckon with Sanders's rise House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid MORE's (R-Ga.) election campaign after opposing her appointment to the Senate last year. 

Loeffler was appointed by Georgia's Republican governor to replace former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism' House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid Progressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa MORE (R), who retired in December. 

The decision was opposed by the Susan B. Anthony List, who viewed Loeffler as not supportive of restrictions on abortion. 

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But on Monday the group endorsed Loeffler, calling her a "strong pro-life, pro-woman leader." 

"Her voice is needed in the Senate more than ever at this pivotal moment," said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. 

Dannenfelser cited Loeffler's decision to co-sponsor three anti-abortion bills in the Senate, including one that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 

"Sen. Loeffler will continue to be a formidable champion of unborn children and their mothers, and we greatly look forward to working together on these and other top pro-life priorities,” she said.

In November, Dannenfelser said Loeffler's position on the board of a Georgia hospital that used to provide abortions should "disqualify her from representing the state in the U.S. Senate." 

Many conservatives, including Trump ally Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBottom Line Graham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' MORE (R-Fla.), had favored Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats reckon with Sanders's rise House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid MORE (R-Ga.) for the appointment. 

Collins, who is running against Loeffler in the special election in November, has painted the Georgia senator as not conservative enough. 

Loeffler has taken steps to earn support from the conservative wing of the Republican party, meeting with Dannenfelser and leaders from other groups like Club for Growth and the National Rifle Association. 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate GOP's campaign arm, will support Loeffler in the primary and blasted Collins's entrance to the race as shortsighted and selfish.