The national pro-life organization the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and faith-based group CatholicVote have endorsed Kathy Barnette for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to endorse Kathy Barnette for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List, in a statement. “Kathy is a courageous advocate for life who exposes the human cost of abortion. Her deeply compelling personal story ought to stir consciences across our nation, as she is proof that every child has dignity and deserves a chance and every mother deserves our support to choose life.”

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, the largest national grassroots Catholic advocacy organization, announced Tuesday his group is also endorsing Barnette, a homeschooling mother, a U.S. military veteran, a political commentator, and author of the book Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America.

“Catholics don’t have to worry whether Kathy Barnette is sincere,” Burch said. “The other candidates in the race are working to cover up or explain away their past positions, but Kathy Barnette doesn’t have that problem.”

Barnette’s mother became pregnant with her as a result of rape, and the candidate is a staunch pro-life advocate.

“Kathy’s strong pro-life message and commitment to helping both baby and mom is a powerful anecdote to the radical abortion extremism of the pro-choice left,” SBA List said.

“There could not be a sharper contrast between Kathy and pro-abortion Democrats like John Fetterman, who want to impose abortion on demand until birth,” Dannenfelser added. “Fetterman even calls abortion ‘sacred’ and can’t name a single limit on abortion he supports. Kathy will fight back against the radical Biden-Schumer agenda and stand up for the values of Pennsylvanians.”

“If Pennsylvania Catholics and other faith voters want to know if they can trust Kathy Barnette on the right to life and other critical issues, all they need to do is look at her life story,” Burch stated. “Kathy Barnette’s life itself is a testament to her convictions. We know she will fight hard for life, family, parents’ rights, and our American way of life.”

The endorsements come as Barnette has surged ahead and appears poised to challenge the Trump-backed candidate Mehmet Oz’s lead in the Senate race, according to a Fox News poll this week.

“Oz has closed the gap, and the parallels with J.D. Vance in Ohio are obvious,” said Fox News Republican pollster Daron Shaw Tuesday. “But [David] McCormick and Barnette have considerable support, and with one out of five voters uncommitted, odds are that the vote will be very close.”

Fox News Democrat pollster Chris Anderson added that, while Oz has Trump’s endorsement, “Barnette has more momentum.”

“Her support doubled in two months, her supporters are the most interested, and her negatives are much lower than Oz or McCormick,” he noted.

Among the subgroup of voters with significant interest in the election, Barnette (25%) holds a narrow lead over both Oz (22%) and McCormick (21%), Fox News observed.

The poll that surveyed 1,001 Pennsylvania Republican primary voters has an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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Susan Berry, PhD, is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Kathy Barnette” by Kathy Barnette.