Pro-Life Group to Pressure Pro-Life Democrats to Hold on Abortion, Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
January 5, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group says it will think outside the box for ways to pressure pro-life Democrats in the House to hold firm against the pro-abortion health care bill in Congress. The organization plans a slate of billboards and mobile trucks to remind lawmakers what’s at stake in the monumental debate.
With the House and Senate passing two very different bills when it comes to health care and funding hundreds of thousands of abortions, Democrats must merge the bills.
If they retain the abortion funding in the Senate bill, pro-life Democrats in the House, known as Blue Dogs, will be counted on to hold fast to their promise to change their vote from yes to no if abortion funding is included.
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform will begin to operate graphic billboard trucks in the congressional districts of specially selected members of the House this week. The tour will end when both chambers vote on the final version of the health care bill.
The billboard trucks will display large abortion photos in a campaign to remind voters that abortion is not health care and consequently should not be federally funded as an element of health care reform, the group informed LifeNews.com today.
The pictures will appear next to a photo of the lawmaker in question.
CBR’s director Gregg Cunningham blasted pro-abortion lawmakers who say abortion isn’t funded with government money because taxpayers’ premiums are declared to be private and not public funds.
"It insults the intelligence of American tax payers when supporters of socialized medicine propose abortion coverage through government subsidized health insurance policies while arguing that laundering government money through an insured’s personal checking account magically transforms public funds into private premiums," Cunningham said.
Operation Rescue is joining CBR for the effort and says drivers of the trucks will head to states such as Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma.
The billboard-sized messages on the trucks will encourage residents to contact their Congressmen with the message, "Abortion is not healthcare," and urge them to oppose the pro-abortion bill.
Some of the lawmakers the campaign will focus on include Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Chris Carney of Pennsylvania, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Gene Taylor of Mississippi and Steve Driehaus of Ohio.
The leader of the group of pro-life Democrats, Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, recently said he plans to hold fast and that he and a group of 10-12 lawmakers plan to switch to a no vote if the bill funds abortions.
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