Pro-Life Groups Run New Ad on CNN Exposing Abortion Funding in Health Care Bill

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups Run New Ad on CNN Exposing Abortion Funding in Health Care Bill

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 6
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — In an effort to build more opposition to the pro-abortion health care bill before the expected votes today and tomorrow, a collection of pro-life groups are running a new television commercial on CNN that will appear throughout the day Friday and Saturday on its Headline News station.

The ad is sponsored by members of the Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition, of which is a member.

The ad is the brain child of Americans United for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List, two pro-life groups that have been working overtime to stop HR 3962 because of the massive abortion funding the bill contains.

"It’s a fact that an unborn child has a heartbeat and that abortion stops it," the ad says.

"Do you want your tax dollars to pay for abortions in healthcare reform?" the ad asks. "Seventy-one percent of Americans don’t want to either but pro-abortion politicians are planning to use your tax dollars to fund abortion in healthcare reform."

The ad shows a clip of President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress in September where he says, “No federal dollars will be used to fund abortions."

The television commercial responds, "But the current healthcare proposals do fund abortion. Tell Congress now to explicitly exclude abortion from health care."

The CNN spot follows on the heels of analysis from several pro-life groups saying that a new amendment that could be added to the health care reform bills — whose sponsors say will stop abortion funding — doesn’t do that.

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, is in line with National Right to Life, SBA, the Family Research Council, the Catholic bishops and other pro-life groups opposed to the bill and the Ellsworth amendment that they consider a phony attempt to stop abortion funding.

“The Ellsworth Amendment will explicitly authorize federally funded abortions in the public option. Putting a pro-life label on the amendment doesn’t change that fact," she told

"The only way to ensure that health care reform does not mandate abortion funding and coverage is to include explicit language similar to the Hyde Amendment, such as the Stupak-Pitts Amendment," she said.

The Ellsworth proposal does not alter the provisions in H.R. 3962 that explicitly allow federal funding of abortion through the public option, and permit federal subsidies to go to private insurance plans that cover abortion Yoest explained. The Ellsworth language simply provides details for how funds will be segregated, and that they will be distributed by an independent contractor.

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