Pro-Life Group Got 1.5M Letters on Abortion-Health Care, More Needed in 2010
by Steven Ertelt
December 28, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Sometimes pro-life people may feel they are alone when contacting their elected officials with concerns about abortion promotion. A pro-life women’s group tells LifeNews.com they don’t need to feel alone because it alone generated 1.5 million letters and emails.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser announced today that the organization’s 280,000 pro-life grassroots activists from around the country sent over one and a half million letters, emails and phone calls to Congress in 2009.
Combined with the efforts of members of other national, state and local pro-life groups, it’s likely that millions of pro-life advocates made tens of millions of contacts with their elected officials about the pro-abortion health care bill.
Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com today that "2009 saw pro-life grassroots activity grow exponentially, and we have exceeded our activism goal this year by well over half a million contacts."
The SBA List president said pro-life "activists were more engaged this year than ever before, and each and every one of them has been passionate about making sure their voice is heard by Congress."
"This increase in pro-life activism might surprise political elites, but anyone who has paid attention to the polls this year knows–the majority of Americans are pro- life. And they are tired of having their issue, and the innocent lives of boys and girls, thrown under the bus on Capitol Hill," she continued.
That activism has implications for the 2010 Congressional elections, the pro-life women’s leader said,
"The grassroots outrage at the abortion mandate in the health care drove pro-life activists to town hall meetings, district offices, local rallies, the Capitol Hill switchboard and the post office. As we head into 2010, Congress should heed the message of pro-life Americans quickly, or else face the consequences of their votes against the conscience of the pro-life majority at the ballot box," Dannenfelser said.
Dannenfelser is encouraging pro-life advocates to gear up for the remainder of the battles on health care and abortion funding.
She told LifeNews.com that members of Congress "will face the most important vote of their career upon returning from Christmas recess."
In 2009 the Susan B. Anthony List reached 1.5 million contacts to Congress via the Susan B. Anthony List Legislative Action Center hosted on the organization’s web site.
The contacts set a record since the group’s legislative center was established in 2002. In fact, SBA members sent more contacts to Congress in 2009 than all the contacts combined in the years 2004 to 2008.
Dannenfelser said the number of contacts is not surprising given polling results showing most Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
On December 23, 2009, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute found that a decisive majority (72%) of Americans oppose the use of public funds for abortion.
This echoes the findings of previous polls. In October a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found that 61% of Americans oppose the use of federal dollars for abortion.
Related web sites:
Susan B. Anthony List – https://www.sba-list.org
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