Ellen C McCormack

Lived:September 15, 1926—March 27, 2011 (aged 84)

Ellen Cullen McCormack was a pro-life candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1976 and a candidate for the Right to Life Party in 1980. She was the first woman to qualify for federal campaign matching funds and for Secret Service protection. Overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision with a constitutional amendment to ban abortion was the main focus of both of her campaigns.

McCormack had been a chairwoman of the New York Right to Life Party, whose purpose was to work for a constitutional amendment that would reverse Roe v. Wade and support legislation restricting and regulating abortion, and she was their candidate for lieutenant governor of New York in 1978.

In 1976, McCormack ran for president on an exclusively pro-life platform. She appeared on the ballot in 18 states, more than any other previous female presidential candidate. She won no primaries, but had her name placed into nomination and received 22 votes from delegates at the Democratic National Convention, and engaged in a debate that also included future President Jimmy Carter. In 1980 she ran as a third-party candidate with running mate Carroll Driscoll. They received 32,327 votes.

McCormack died on March 27, 2011.

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