- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2005

Anne Kincaid, 58, conservative activist

Conservative Christian activist Anne Kincaid, who lobbied tirelessly for Virginia’s first substantial abortion restriction, died March 31. She was 58.

Mrs. Kincaid had battled cancer sporadically for 19 years, longtime family friend David Johnson said.

Mrs. Kincaid became the leading voice of Virginia’s pro-life movement in the early 1980s and helped harness the political might of the state’s religious conservatives in the Republican Party’s ascent to power in the 1990s.

“The pro-family movement in Virginia has lost one of its brightest stars,” said Victoria Cobb, executive director of the conservative Family Foundation. Mrs. Kincaid helped create the organization, the state’s foremost lobby against such issues as abortion and homosexual “marriage” and for school prayer.

Mrs. Kincaid described herself as a flower child of late 1960s whose life direction was altered by her own illegal abortion in 1970. Her past made her all the more credible and passionate, friends said.

“She had an extraordinary will, and it came out of her faith,” said Mr. Johnson, a deputy state attorney general. “Phrases like “religious right’ get tossed around a lot, but she had an abiding faith in God, and that faith propelled her in the public arena.”

Mrs. Kincaid and Walter E. Barbee jointly founded the Family Foundation in 1985 while Christian conservatives were energized by flexing their electoral might in President Reagan’s 1980 and 1984 landslides.

Her billowy bouffant and her tireless and fearless style made her Capitol Square’s most recognized lobbyist. She often made sport of her trademark coiffure, saying, “The higher the hair, the closer to heaven.”

For nearly 15 years, she cajoled, encouraged and browbeat legislators of both parties for a state law requiring doctors to notify a parent before performing an abortion on an unmarried minor. It passed in 1997.

“I never saw anyone speak more forcefully to power in all my years in politics,” Mr. Johnson said. “She was utterly without fear.”

She worked to elect Republican George Allen as governor in 1993 and served as his director of constituent services.

“She consistently and selflessly advocated for the sanctity of life and the education of public officials about the unborn,” Mr. Allen, now a U.S. senator, said. “There was no more committed and articulate advocate for the life movement than Anne Kincaid.”

In 1997, she was a top aide to Mark L. Earley, an evangelical Republican, in his successful race for attorney general.

“She was clearly a pioneer,” said Mr. Earley, now president and chief executive officer of Leesburg-based Prison Fellowship USA. “She was passionate about her love for God, passionate about people and passionate about being a voice for the sanctity and dignity of human life.”

Mrs. Kincaid is survived by her husband, Bill; and three sons.

Services are scheduled for Sunday.

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