Pro-Life Group’s Ad: Bob Casey, You’re Not Your Dad on Pro-Abortion Health Care

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 16, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group’s Ad: Bob Casey, You’re Not Your Dad on Pro-Abortion Health Care

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 16
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — As one of just two Democrats in the Senate to claim pro-life credentials, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey could have an enormous impact on stopping a health care bill that contains massive abortion funding. Because he appears reticent to do so, the Susan B. Anthony List is running a new ad on him.

As Casey looks more inclined each day to support the pro-abortion health care bill — which includes taxpayer funding of abortion and opens the door to forcing insurance companies to pay for them — SBA’s ad is coming into play.

The commercial contrasts the stalwart pro-life legacy of the late Governor Bob Casey, Sr. with the his son.

The Susan B. Anthony List ad, “Who Shall Live,” will run in Casey’s hometown of Scranton and Erie and the initial $40,000 ad buy runs today and tomorrow — in advance of the expected vote on the health care bill next week.

The ad reads:

In a landmark speech, the late Governor Robert Casey, Senior said “Nothing could be more foreign to the American experience than legalized abortion. It is inconsistent with our national character, with our national purpose, with all that we’ve done, and with everything we hope to be.”

But right now, Robert Casey, Junior is poised to vote in the Senate for a health care bill with federal funding for abortion. The bill will result in more abortions—abortions that Americans will be required to finance. Senator Casey, trading the lives of unborn children for a health care bill is inconsistent with our American character.

“The abortion debate is not about how we shall live, but who shall live. And more than that, it’s about who we are.” Contact Bob Casey, Junior today and tell him to vote NO on any health care bill that funds abortion. Paid for by Susan B. Anthony List, Inc.

The speech by Governor Bob Casey, Sr. referenced in the ad was delivered at a University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony in 1995.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life group, talked with about the new ad.

“Senator Casey, who calls himself pro-life, will soon have the opportunity to vote against the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade,” she said.

“The question is, will he see the illogic of his position that ‘health care’ could ever include abortion?" she continued. "Will he put his party’s ideology ahead of the lives of innocent unborn children? The decision to oppose this bill would have been a no-brainer for Governor Casey. Bob Casey, Sr. would have supported the idea of health care reform, but never at the expense of the little guy – the unborn child."

Dannenfelser said Casey should follow the example of another Democrat, who is sticking with his pro-life principles.

“Yet, unlike Senator Ben Nelson, Senator Casey has refused to draw a line in the sand,” Dannenfelser told

“His father, Governor Casey, once said ‘legalized abortion is inconsistent with our national character.’ On behalf of the growing American pro-life majority, I urge Senator Casey to honor his father’s legacy and Pennsylvania values by voting no on the Senate health care bill," she concluded.

SBA may run the ads again next week, depending on donations and the Senate vote schedule.

Casey co-sponsored the Nelson Amendment, which failed by a vote of 54-45. It closely mirrored the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 240-194.

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