On Abortion and ObamaCare, Life Counts

National   |   Bill Saunders   |   Oct 24, 2010   |   5:53PM   |   Washington, DC

There are plenty of jokes about the character and quality of politicians, but there is nothing funny about our elected representatives voting to allow abortion to be funded by our tax dollars – especially when these politicians claim to be pro-life. This election cycle, Americans United for Life Action (AULA) is holding politicians accountable for their pro-abortion votes.

It is, of course, smart marketing for politicians to say they are pro-life. After all, the majority of Americans are pro-life. And opposing government funding of abortion is a clear winning issue in elections. According to a national poll taken during last year’s health care debate, seven out of ten voters are opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion.

Eleven seats targeted by AULA’s “Life Counts” campaign are currently held by Congressmen who voted for the pro-abortion health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA): Baron Hill (IN-09), Chris Carney (PA-10), John Boccieri (OH-16), Tom Perriello (VA-05), John Spratt (SC-05), Bob Etheridge (NC-02), Paul Kanjorski (PA-11), Alan Grayson (FL-08), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03), John Salazar (CO-03), and Joe Donnelly (IN-02).

The twelfth District targeted by AULA, AR-02, is an open seat in which pro-abortion Joyce Elliot is seeking election.

Americans United for Life’s legal team addressed the question of whether a vote for the health care bill was a vote for taxpayer-funded abortion on Tuesday, October 19, in an exclusive election briefing.

We discussed the impact of taxpayer-funded abortion in the health care reform law.  You can click here to listen to audio from the tele-conference.  To view AUL’s legal affidavit explaining the abortion funding provisions of the health care reform bill click here.

Not every Democrat voted with their Party for taxpayer funded abortion in March.  Notably, Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL), who favored health care reform, voted against the PPACA because it permitted taxpayer funding of abortion. 

On November 2, American voters have the opportunity to elect real pro-life representatives who will make a difference, not just politicians who boast pro-life labels to get elected.  To check your elected officials’ voting record, go to AULA’s webpage https://action.aul.org/site/VoteCenter?page=voteList