Pro-Life Organizations Up Efforts to Kill Pro-Abortion Senate Health Care Bill
by Steven Ertelt
March 11, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Leading pro-life organizations are ramping up their efforts to kill the pro-abortion Senate health care bill in the House. While Democratic leaders have yet to finalize the strategy on how to pass it, pro-life groups aren’t waiting and are focusing on generating calls and emails to anyone who might vote no.
We are working around the clock to stop this pro-abortion health care plan in its tracks," Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life told LifeNews.com today.
Much of the effort is focusing on encouraging pro-life Democrats to hold fast to their position by opposing the Senate bill.
"The Americans United for Life Action team is organizing a Team Life mobilization of grassroots activists across the country, engaging Congressional leaders and staff, and providing every possible support to pro-life Democrats as they fight for Life in the face of tremendous pressure," Yoest said.
AUL’s efforts, which mirror those of other pro-life groups, include advertising campaigns, lobbying via social media networks, and urging pro-life advocates to call and email Congress.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is also moving pro-life people to action and he tells LifeNews.com time is of the essence because Democrats will likely push a bill soon.
"If Democrats miss the window, they risk throwing away a 16-month legislative battle with absolutely nothing to show for it but unpopularity. After the Easter recess, the parties start moving into the campaign season when most Democrats will want to put some distance between a health care vote and their re-election," he said.
"Contact your leaders today and tell them not to agree to any deal that includes government-funded abortion," Perkins urged.
Family Research Council is sponsoring a health care web cast on Tuesday, March 16 in partnership with the American Family Association.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Doug Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee, Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, and Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life are some of the speakers involved.
National Right to Life has also been leading the way in terms of mobilizing pro-life advocates against the Senate bill and its abortion promotion. The pro-life group joined FRC in saying that pro-life people need to act now because votes are forthcoming.
"Time is short. Most political observers agree that if Speaker Pelosi does not succeed in ramming the Senate bill through the House by the time Congress goes into recess for Easter on March 26, the bill is effectively dead," NRLC says in a new action alert. "Pelosi wants to force the vote by March 19. But, she does not yet have the votes."
"Whether she succeeds or not depends on what House members hear from their constituents during the next two weeks," NRLC added. "Even if you previously have called your representative to oppose the health care bill — please do it again! And ask any like-minded friends and relatives to do the same."
The Susan B. Anthony List has already released polling data in the districts of undecided pro-life Democrats or those who are leaning one way on the bill.
The polling information, which shows residents of the districts overwhelmingly oppose forcing taxpayers to fund abortions in a health care plan, is designed to encourage the lawmakers to oppose the bill.
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