Indiana Senate Candidate Ellsworth Under Fire on Abortion Funding, False Ads

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 15, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Indiana Senate Candidate Ellsworth Under Fire on Abortion Funding, False Ads

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 15
, 2010

Indianapolis, IN ( — Indiana Senate candidate Brad Ellsworth is coming under fire for claiming he has a 100% pro-life voting record even though he voted in favor of the ObamaCare bill that contains allowances for abortion funding. Ellsworth is also facing criticism for an ad falsely claiming Dan Coats lobbied for Planned Parenthood.

On Monday, Ellsworth told Hoosiers that “I am a pro-life democrat, proud of that, 100 percent pro-life voting record.”

But the Americans United for Life pro-life group says that is not accurate.

"Ellsworth’s vote in support of the health care bill signed by President Obama earlier this year allowed for the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in U.S. history. While the Congressman continues to tout his pro-life voting record, the fact remains that on the single most important pro-life vote in a generation, he changed his position on the issue," the group told this afternoon.

“Congressman Brad Ellsworth betrayed both his pro-life principles and his fellow Hoosiers by voting for a health care bill that established the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in U.S. history," AUL’s president Charmaine Yoest added.

AUL says Ellsworth put himself at odds with Indiana voters because 70 percent of the American people, on average, oppose taxpayer funding of abortions.

The "2010 candidates who voted for taxpayer-funded abortion by voting “yes” to health care reform are now trying to either hide from this vote or distort its actual implications. Brad Ellsworth, running for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, is one such candidate," AUL said.

Meanwhile, Ellsworth is running an ad saying pro-life candidate Dan Coats lobbied (via his firm) for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

But W. James Antle of the American Spectator says that’s not accurate.

"The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a client of King & Spalding, the firm that hired former Indiana senator and current Republican senatorial candidate Dan Coats to co-chair its Government Relations group," he wrote in April.

"It is important to note that this doesn’t mean Coats — who has been endorsed by James Dobson [and Indiana Right to Life] personally lobbied or did any work for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider," he continued. "Coats’ name is not listed on any of the lobbying disclosure forms pertaining to Planned Parenthood."

"Coats compiled a pro-life voting record in the U.S. Senate," Antle concluded.

The Hoosier Access blog says Ellsworth will likely pay the price at the polls for misleading Indiana voters.

"But facts, as they say, are stubborn things. Even though Coats never did lobby for Planned Parenthood or pro-choice advocacy group, I’m sure that won’t keep Brad Ellsworth from trying to insinuate that Coats was somehow, someway, indirectly involved in that," it said. "But it will all catch up to Congressman Ellsworth."

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