Pro-Life Groups Pledge to Defeat Pro-Abortion Lawmakers After Health Care Vote

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 22, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups Pledge to Defeat Pro-Abortion Lawmakers After Health Care Vote

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 22
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — If major pro-life organizations have anything to say about it, the pro-abortion members of the House who voted for the pro-abortion Senate health care bill Sunday night will lose their seats in November and be replaced by pro-life candidates who vow to repeal the legislation.

Yesterday, the House passed the Senate health care bill with a multitude of abortion funding provisions and passed the reconciliation bill to increase funding for one abortion funding program.

Neither contained conscience protections previously approved by the House.

Family Research Council Action president Tony Perkins told that pro-life advocates would not have a short memory about the roll call of the vote.

"FRC Action will seek to defeat many of the Members from majority pro-life districts who voted wrong today, and they will have plenty of free time to realize the grave mistake they have committed on the unborn today with their vote," he promised.

Americans United for Life Action president Charmaine Yoest also pledged to defeat pro-abortion lawmakers as well.

"Given that seven out of ten voters agree that no public funds should pay for abortion, I am confident that with hard work we will succeed," she said.

Father Frank Pavone, the head of Priests for Life and a coalition of pro-life groups looking to make an impact on the November 2010 elections, said elections have consequences.

“You can’t pass the right kind of laws without the right lawmakers in office,” Fr. Pavone told

“America has spoken to its lawmakers about their concerns. The lawmakers have spoken back. Now it’s our move again. This law will be challenged in many ways. And it’s time to prepare for November’s elections, so that the changes the American people see fit to make can be made," Pavone continued.

"We govern ourselves; our voices matter. Thank God that when legislators take public policy the wrong way, there are ways to remedy that. Let’s get started," he concluded.

This Wednesday night, Priests for Life and the other groups who are part of the “Vote Pro-life Coalition” — including — will host a national teleconference as a followup to this health care vote.

Experts from Focus on the Family and National Right to Life will share their perspectives on what happened, and the November elections will be discussed.

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