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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 LoefflerGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Georgia secretary of state opens investigation into voter registration groups Trump Jr. aides launch super PAC to persuade president's supporters to vote in Georgia 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 IsaksonCollins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs Ossoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff 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) GaetzGaetz: Trump 'should pardon everyone' including himself to quash liberal 'bloodlust' Florida passes 850k coronavirus cases Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), had favored Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsFive things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs Sunday shows - Health officials warn pandemic is 'going to get worse' Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs 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.