Catholics United Protests Pro-Life Group’s Bus Tour on Abortion-Health Care

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 10, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholics United Protests Pro-Life Group’s Bus Tour on Abortion-Health Care

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 10
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Following through on its commitment to confused pro-life voters and support congressional candidates who voted for the pro-abortion health care bill, Catholics United, which claims to be pro-life, today staged a counterprotest at a pro-life bus tour event sponsored by a national pro-life group.

The Susan B. Anthony List is headed to Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania this week to let pro-life voters know the Democratic lawmakers they voted for whom they thought were pro-life wound up voting for a measure with massive abortion funding.

The Obama administration has already tried to fund abortions with federal taxpayer dollars in three states, and only backed down after pro-life groups exposed the funding.

Also, Obama officials have said the limits are temporary and will apply only to the new program high risk insurance pool program — not throughout the entire health care plan.

SBA List officials stopped their “Votes have Consequences” bus tour in Cincinnati today to let voters know how congressman Steve Driehaus voted for the pro-abortion health care bill. They were met by Catholics United officials who misled voters with "Thank you Steve Driehaus" and "SBA List: Stop Lying About Abortion Funding" signs.

“Despite ample evidence to the contrary, the religious right continues to spread lies about federal funding of abortion in service of a partisan agenda,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “These anti-health care reform activists are either woefully ignorant of the legislation or willfully misleading the public. In either case, this behavior has a corrosive effect on our public debate.”

Tim Mulvey, Driehaus’s campaign spokesman, called the bus tour a “campaign of fear and misinformation” in his own comments to the newspaper.

Former congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, a pro-life advocate from Colorado who is a spokeswoman for the Susan B. Anthony List, said before the bus tour that its goal was to inform voters.

"Seven months ago we stood outside district offices across the Midwest with messages of thanks and encouragement, imploring Reps. Brad Ellsworth, Kathy Dahlkemper, Steve Driehaus, Joe Donnelly, Baron Hill and Marcy Kaptur to hold firm to their pro-life principles and honor the will of their constituents," she said. "But, as we all know, they chose to compromise their principles and pass a bill without sufficient language protecting the unborn and American conscience."

"We must grab the opportunity we have to deliver authentic pro-life leaders to Congress and to make sure those who betrayed us understand the consequences of their votes," Musgrave said.

"We must restore the pro-life standard in the Congress so that no one who abandons the unborn on a key vote like health care can continue to claim the mantle of ‘pro-life,’" she says.

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