Group Launches 600K Campaign to Target Pro-Abortion, "Pro-Life" Democrats
by Steven Ertelt
October 5, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life organization launched a new election campaign today designed to educate voters on how a group of pro-abortion and "pro-life" Democrats supported the ObamaCare law that contains abortion funding. Americans United for Life is getting involved in 12 congressional districts.
AUL Action’s $600,000 Life Counts campaign will combine online grassroots organizing, a radio ad campaign, and email blasts to voters in the districts.
The group will reach out to pro-life voters in the closing weeks of the 2010 election cycle and, as AUL tells LifeNews.com, the campaign will be "holding politicians responsible for their support of taxpayer-funded abortion established in President Obamas new health care law."
Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion, AUL president Charmaine Yoest told LifeNews.com. Candidates who supported the largest expansion of federal funding of abortion ever are going to find out that in this election, Life Counts.
Yoest said the AUL national campaign is a "targeted effort to remind voters in key battleground districts where their candidates stand on this critical issue."
The campaign will focus on pro-abortion Democrats like Reps. John Spratt of South Carolina, John Boccieri of Ohio, Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania, Virginia’s Tom Perriello, Bob Etheridge of North Carolina, Florida’s Alan Grayson, John Salazar in Colorado, and pro-abortion Arkansas congressional candidate Joyce Elliott.
But the campaign also focuses on Democrats who have campaigned as pro-life advocates, but who have watered down those claims with their votes for ObamaCare or abortion funding in other instances.
That group Americans United for Life Action is targeting includes Reps. Joe Donnelly and Baron Hill in Indiana, Pennsylvania’s Christopher Carney and Kathy Dahlkemper.
Although some "pro-life" Democrats who joined Congressman Bart Stupak to support the ObamaCare bill maintained it did not fund abortions, pro-life groups had to expose the abortion funding the Obama administration tried to put in place in the high risk health insurance polls the law created. Abortion funding was planned for funding in three states — including Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Mexico.
The National Right to Life Committee exposed the abortion funding and the Obama administration responded at first by claiming the executive order Obama signed prohibits the funding NRLC uncovered.
Then, Obama officials revised the statement to say they promised the high risk insurance programs would not fund abortions but policy to prevent that has not yet been implemented in either the high risk health insurance pools or other aspects of the ObamaCare plan that have yet to go into effect where pro-life groups say abortion funding could occur.
The ObamaCare bill also contains language overturning the ban on taxpayer funding of abortions for the federal health care programs instituted on Indian reservations.
Related web sites:
AUL Action – http:/www.aulaction.org
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