Catholics United Exploits ObamaCare, Abortion, Pro-Lifer Crashes Call

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 21, 2010   |   12:59AM   |   Washington, DC

Catholic United is at it again. The fake Catholic group held a conference call with reporters today to attempt to influence the 2010 election campaign. CU officials said pro-life groups are wrong to want voters to hold accountable those lawmakers who voted for ObamaCare and its abortion funding.

Attempting to obfuscate the issues, Catholic United executive director Chris Korzen held a conference call with reporters today that didn’t go according to plan.

He said pro-life groups like the Susan B. Anthony List were wrong to tell voters in the districts of “pro-life Democrat” members of Congress like Steve Driehaus in Ohio and Kathy Dahlkemper in Pennsylvania that they supported abortion funding.

He said that’s because “every independent analysis of the health care bill confirms it didn’t expand” abortion funding — even though media outlets like the Associated Press, the Congressional Research Service, and have confirmed the bill does not prevent abortion funding.

Korzen alleged SBA “wants the right to spread false information and lie in order to influence campaigns.”

Benedictine Sister Marlene Bertke of Erie, Pennsylvania, and Dave Robinson, executive director of Pax Christi USA, joined Korzen on the call to make it appear Catholics opposed to the pro-abortion ObamaCare bill are wrong in so doing.

And they plan to unveil a letter signed by leaders of dissent groups condemning the pro-life organization exposing the abortion funding and asking voters to hold lawmakers accountable.

At the end of the call, after reporters had a chance to ask questions, Doug Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee spoke up and challenged Korzen.

“Are you familiar with the 23-page sworn affidavit where we enumerate section by section the parts of the [health care reform] bill that allow federal funding of abortion?” Johnson asked him, according to the Washington Independent. “It’s online and available to anyone who wants to look at it.”

Johnson told today that he specifically waited until the end of the conference call to press his concerns, and then asked Korzen: “Do you believe that I was lying when I signed the NRLC’s sworn affidavit to the Ohio Elections Commission?”

That questioned concerned the criminal complaint Ohio Congressman Steve Driehaus filed against SBA over its billboard ads declaring he voted for taxpayer funding of abortions by supporting the ObamaCare bill.

The Independent indicates a reporter for the liberal National Catholic Reporter criticized Johnson for crashing the call and suggested Johnson “came with an agenda and not a question.”

“I waited to the point when there were no more questions from anyone else, and at that point wanted to make it clear about where they could go for our view,” Johnson told the news service.

He called “ludicrous” the claim the ObamaCare bill doesn’t allow abortion funding and “Nixonian” Driehaus’ attempt to shut down a pro-life group sharing his voting record with his constituents.