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 LoefflerSchumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race WNBA announces zero COVID-19 positive tests, 99 percent fully vaccinated 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 IsaksonCritical race theory becomes focus of midterms Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run 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) GaetzGOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate Tempers flare as some in GOP ignore new House mask mandate Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE (R-Fla.), had favored Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (R-Ga.) for the appointment. 

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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.