Thousands Sign Petition to End Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 9, 2010   |   2:19PM   |   Washington, DC

The Susan B. Anthony List’s “Stop Abortion Funding” campaign supporting a bill to end federal taxpayer funding of abortion has generated significant support for the measure expected to come up after Republicans take the House in January.

The campaign’s online petition topped more than 12,500 signatures of those who want to see Congress approve the bill pro-life Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey has introduced to ensure no federal government agency funds abortions.

The legislation is expected to be a priority of pro-life groups in the next session of Congress.

“The enthusiastic response to this initiative mirrors what we’ve seen at the ballot box this month and consistently in public polls,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

She told, “The majority of Americans do not support abortion and an even larger number strongly oppose paying for it with their tax dollars.  With so many pro-life leaders now in Congress, the critical moment has come to pass legislation that protects taxpayers against funding a procedure that offends their consciences.”

The “Stop Abortion Funding” campaign supports the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that Smith, a Republican, co-sponsored with pro-life Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois that also stops taxpayer funding under the ObamaCare bill. But it also supports the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican.

Pence’s measure will ensure tax dollars are not sent to abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood under Title X family planning funds. [related]

SBA List’s recent efforts to lobby for the inclusion of pro-life legislative priorities in the GOP’s “Pledge to America” saw similar success with inclusion of pro-life language in the final document after more than 10,000 Americans signed the Life Speaking Out online petition.

“The grassroots success of these projects is just further proof that Americans not only strongly oppose having their tax dollars pay for abortion, but want lawmakers to make a priority of passing legislation that prohibits it in the 112th Congress,” Dannenfelser said.