Family Research Council Includes Pro-Life Democrats in List of 2010 Targets
by Steven Ertelt
April 19, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Family Research Council has included a handful of pro-life Democrats in its political action committee’s list of 20 Congressional targets for the 2010 election season. The move is the latest one from a pro-life group seeking to defeat those members whose votes resulted in the pro-abortion health care bill.
While several pro-life Democrats, led by Michigan congressman Bart Stupak, were counted on to vote no on final passage, they bolted in favor of an executive order hat no pro-life group believes will truly ban abortion funding.
Stupak has since said he will retire from Congress and now FRC PAC has announced plans to raise and spend $500,000 to target the districts of 20 Democratic incumbents who voted for the pro-abortion health program.
Connie Mackey, president of FRC Action PAC, told LifeNews.com there "are good reasons why organizations like ours decided to go the extra mile and create a political action committee as another arrow in its quiver."
"The thousands of families that we represent are more energized than ever to replace these so-called ‘pro-life’ Democrats who voted for a health care bill that for the first time in three decades uses taxpayer funds for abortion on demand," she said.
Although Democrats for Life of America has accused some pro-life groups, and LifeNews.com, of engaging in partisan politics, Mackey says the real partisan offenders are the pro-life Democrats who placed their party and the pro-abortion health care bill ahead of protecting unborn children and Americans who don’t want their money to be used to finance abortions.
"As pro-life and pro-family voters, we must work together to change the Congress, state governments and ultimately the White House in 2012. We cannot afford to put hard earned dollars into campaigns of people who ‘grow in office’ or cannot see their way under the pressure of party politics. It’s time to replace this Congress, repeal the government takeover of health care and restore our Constitutional freedoms," she said.
"FRC Action PAC has spent many months researching those races we see as vulnerable and that will have pro-life, pro-family candidates to fill the void," she concluded.
FRC included the congressional districts of several pro-life Democrats in its list of targets including Kathy Dahlkemper in Pennsylvania, Steve Driehaus in Ohio, and Alan Mollohan in West Virginia.
The full list of targets includes:
Representative Chris Carney (Pa. 10th)
Representative John Boccieri (Ohio 16th)
Representative Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa. 3rd)
Representative Steve Driehaus (Ohio 1st)
Representative Gabriel Giffords (Ariz. 2nd)
Representative Baron Hill (Ind. 9th)
Representative Paul Kanjorski (Pa. 11th)
Representative Mary Jo Kilroy (Ohio 15th)
Representative Ron Klein (Fla. 22nd)
Representative Betsy Markey (Colo. 4th)
Representative Walt Minnick (Idaho 1st)
Representative Alan Mollohan (W.Va. 1st)\
Representative Glen Nye (Va. 2nd)
Representative Tom Perriello (Va. 5th)
Representative Earl Pomeroy (N.D. AL)
Representative Carol Shea Porter (N.H. 1st)
Representative Ciro Rodriguez (Texas 23rd)
Representative John Spratt (S.C. 5th)
Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz. 1st)
Representative Alice Titus (Nev. 3rd)
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