Catholics United to Spend $500K for Pro-Life Democrats Backing Pro-Abortion HCR

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

Catholics United to Spend $500K for Pro-Life Democrats Backing Pro-Abortion HCR

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 22
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — The organization Catholics United, which has been much maligned in the pro-life community for warping and twisting pro-life Catholic principles, says it plans to spend $500,000 this election cycle supporting the pro-life Democrats in Congress who voted for the pro-abortion health care bill.

The half a million in campaign expenditures will go towards paying for advertising and staffers who will focus on turning out the vote for the Democrats, who have come under heavy criticism from pro-life groups.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper indicates Catholics United will spend money supporting two of those members of the Stupak coalition in Ohio, Democratic Reps. John Boccieri and Steve Driehaus.

Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper in Pennsylvania and Tom Perriello in Virginia will also benefit from its support.

Catholics United spokesman James Salt told the newspaper his organization won’t be supporting any pro-life Republican members of Congress because they all voted against the health care bill, which was condemned by every pro-life group because it contains massive abortion funding.

In a press release, Salt said Catholics United is putting together the campaign to respond to defend the "pro-life" Democrats who supported the pro-abortion health care bill because they are facing a "coordinated misinformation campaign from a host of self-proclaimed pro-life groups intended to perpetuate the misconception that the health care reform bill passed earlier this year allowed for federal funding of elective abortion."

“Catholics and other people of faith are frustrated by the dishonesty of many political operatives,’ the group claimed.

The organization said it would be monitoring "inaccurate attacks" on the Democrats and would directly respond to pro-life groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, Family Research Council, Family Research Council, the National Right to Life Committee and others that opposed the health care bill and have been trying to stop the abortion funding the Obama administration already allowed in three states until they blew the whistle.

The new Catholics United statement specifically named these pro-life groups as supposedly misleading about abortion funding.


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