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Carly Fiorina to keynote anti-abortion group’s gala

Carly Fiorina, California’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010, will give the keynote address at the 40th anniversary gala of Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion-rights group.

Fiorina 6-17-10 in Sacramento (AP Photo)The former Hewlett Packard CEO, 57, of Los Altos Hills, will deliver the speech Nov. 2 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Fiorina was named in July as a vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, charged with fundraising for GOP candidates in the 2012 cycle.

“As the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, Carly Fiorina has lived a life of accomplishment and achievement that beautifully demonstrates that being pro-life is pro-woman,” AUL President and CEO Charmaine Yoest said in a news release issued early this morning. “We are honored to have Carly articulate her vision of moving forward toward restoring a culture of life while celebrating AUL’s four decades of pro-life victories.”

AUL’s release said the gala will celebrate “the accomplishments of four decades serving as the nation’s premier pro-life legal team and as the source of much of the pro-life model legislation that has had such an impact across the country.” It lists among its milestones successfully defending the Hyde Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court, “establishing the intellectual groundwork for fetal homicide laws enacted in 37 states,” reducing abortions state by state through its model legislation, leading the fight against assisted suicide and testifying in state legislatures and the last two U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

The event’s honorary co-chairs are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; and Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Individual tickets cost $500 each while sponsorships range up to $25,000, all available online.

Fiorina outlined her anti-abortion stance to the San Francisco Chronicle in April 2010:

“I myself was not able to have children of my own, and so I know what a precious gift life is,” Fiorina said. She helped raised two stepchildren, the daughters of her second husband, Frank Fiorina. One, Lori Ann Fiorina, 35, died last year.

“My husband’s mother was told to abort him,” Fiorina said. “She spent a year in the hospital after his birth. My husband is the joy of her life, and he is the rock of my life. So those experiences have shaped my view.

“I recognize that a lot of women disagree with me on that,” Fiorina said. “But I also know that women in general are not single-issue voters. When I talk to women on this, it’s not the issue that is on the table in this election.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.