Pro-Life Group Pushes Back Against Congressman Trying to Silence It

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group Pushes Back Against Congressman Trying to Silence It

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 19
, 2010

Cincinnati, OH ( — A national pro-life women’s group is pushing back against Democratic Congressman Steve Driehaus, a Cincinnati, Ohio congressman who filed a criminal complaint against the Susan B. Anthony List for trying to hold him accountable for voting for the pro-abortion ObamaCare bill.

Driehaus successfully got the Ohio Elections Commission to rule there is "probable cause" that the SBA List misled voters when trying to take out a billboard ad saying Driehaus voted for taxpayer funding of abortions.

The agency ruled that it would hold a full hearing on the matter, and that could result in a fine or jail time for SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser.

But, the pro-life women’s group president told today that SBA is pushing back and will take out a massive $50,000 radio ad campaign against Driehaus to ensure Ohio voters know he voted for the ObamaCare bill that contains virtually no limits on abortion funding.

“Rep. Steve Driehaus’ heavy-handed attempt to silence critics of his vote for taxpayer funding of abortion will not work,” Dannenfelser said today. “Our radio ads are spreading the truth about his pro-abortion health care vote to the people of his district, despite his efforts to stifle our constitutionally-protected free speech.”

“Through this criminal statute, he’s even threatening me with jail time. But we will not be silenced or intimidated. In fact, we’re emboldened to make certain that his constituents know the truth about his vote,” Dannenfelser added.

“Ironically, ours is the position that so-called ‘pro-life’ Democrats themselves held before they changed their minds," she said of Driehaus.

Driehaus is one of several pro-life Democrats who objected to the ObamaCare bill because of its allowances for taxpayer funded abortions and who eventually caved in and supported the bill in exchange for an executive order that pro-life groups say will not effectively limit taxpayer funded abortions under the bill.

"We all agree — the Executive Order failed to protect taxpayers adequately and didn’t even attempt to address the Senate bill’s funding mechanism which the Stupak Democrats said was unacceptable,” Dannenfelser said.

The 60-second radio spot will air on stations in the Cincinnati and Hamilton areas for two weeks.

"I’m Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization," the ad says. "Congressman Steve Driehaus is threatening my organization with a criminal statute in a desperate attempt to silence us. Steve Driehaus doesn’t want you to know the truth, but you deserve to hear it."

"Steve Driehaus voted for taxpayer funding of abortion when he cast his vote for the health care reform bill," the ad continues.

it mentions that the National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ohio Right to Life and other pro-life groups agree the bill Driehaus supported funds abortions.

"We will not be silenced or intimated," the ad says. "Driehaus voted for taxpayer funding of abortion and that vote has consequences."

Driehaus filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission on Tuesday, October 6 — a complaint which was spurred by the Susan B. Anthony List’s intention to put up four billboards across his Congressional district. Driehaus’ attorney convinced Lamar Companies to not to put up the billboards in order to avoid being added to the complaint.

A full hearing before the Ohio Elections Commission has been set for October 28.

The SBA List filed a lawsuit against the state agency and a judge is considering a temporary restraining order against Rep. Driehaus and the Ohio Elections Commission and is expected to make a ruling on Wednesday.

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