Family Research Council Ups Effort for No Vote on Pro-Abortion Senate Health Bill
by Steven Ertelt
December 9, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Family research Council is expanding its effort to get Democrats who voted for the Nelson amendment or who may vote against the pro-abortion Senate health care bill to ultimately do just that. They will be making hundreds of thousands of phone calls in several states.
FRC already announced it would call every household in Louisiana, home of Sen. Mary Landrieu, who voted against the Nelson amendment.
After the vote on the Nelson measure, the pro-life group said it will also call voters in Arkansas, South Dakota and Virginia — each states with a senator who could oppose the bill.
"In response to today’s Senate vote, FRC will expand its grassroots campaign in opposition to the health care overhaul bill," the group said in a statement.
"Over the next eight weeks, FRC will call all household phones in Arkansas, South Dakota, and Louisiana to survey each household on provisions of the Senate health care bill. These include abortion funding, rationing, higher taxes, and government-run health care, or the public option," the group explained.
"Additionally, FRC will be calling pro-life households in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Survey participants who express opposition to the so-called health care reform will be given contact information for their senators," the group added.
South Dakota’s Tim Johnson, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, and Arkansas’s two senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln are considered possible no votes.
Others include Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and even liberal members like Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Rolland Burris of Illinois, who might oppose the pro-abortion bill if the public option is watered down.
Other pro-life advocates are also joining the effort to get the Democrats who backed Nelson to oppose the bill.
"With this vote, we now call on pro-life Democratsincluding Sen. Nelson, co-sponsor of the amendmentto follow through with the promise to reject the Senate’s health care measure because it fails to exclude abortion funding," said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.
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