Family Research Council Ads Back Ban on Tax-Funded Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 5, 2011   |   12:11PM   |   Washington, DC

The Family Research Council has launched a set of radio ads in eight congressional districts today calling on Republican members of the House to vote for a bill that stops all federal funding of abortions.

The ads from FRC’s political action committee urge lawmakers to vote for H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” that recently received the support from a congressional committee. The bill would apply an indefinite ban on abortion funding throughout the federal government, making it so lawmakers don’t have to annually approve several different provisions to stop abortion funding in various departments and programs.

FRC says the bill, co-sponsored by pro-life Republican Chris Smith of New Jersey and Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, is important because, “This legislation would wipe the slate clean of government projects that force Americans to pay for abortions and abortion coverage.”

The pro-life group informed that the one week ad buy will run on both news/talk and Christian radio stations in the districts of GOP House members, including Judy Biggert (R-IL), Robert Dold (R-IL), Charlie Bass (R-NH), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Dave Reichert (R-WA), and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA).  The members are some of the less conservative Republicans considered those who need to hear from their constituents to ensure they support the legislation.

“On Election Day, the American people made clear their opposition to using their hard earned dollars to pay for abortions and most especially during a time of such economic turmoil,” said Connie Mackey, the head of the FRC PAC Faith Family Freedom Fund. “Polling shows that Americans do not want federal dollars paying for abortion. We call on these House Members to support the bi-partisan Smith-Lipinski ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.’ This bill will ensure that American taxpayers are not complicit in a lethal assault on the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to life.”

The script of the advertisement reads:

“For 35 years, the Hyde Amendment has protected federal tax dollars from being used for abortion. Obamacare changed that. This is the voice Congressman Hyde.”

A recording of pro-life champion Congressman Henry Hyde then plays:

“I believe nothing in this world of wonders is more beautiful than the innocence of a child.

“That little, almost born infant struggling to live is a member of the human family, and abortion is a lethal assault against the very idea of human rights and destroys, along with a defenseless little baby, the moral foundation of our democracy.

“Our moment in history is marked by a mortal conflict between a culture of death and a culture of life, and today, here and now, we must choose sides.”

“Support the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,'” and lists the name and number for that district’s representative.

Weeks ago, the House Judiciary Committee approved the main bill on a mostly partisan 23-14 vote. The committee also removed a provision concerning forcible rape that abortion advocates had used to misconstrue the intent of the legislation.

The legislation had come under considerable attack from abortion advocates and Planned Parenthood. They have based their attacks on the bill on false claims that it would not allow abortion funding for all women who are victims of rape and incest because of changes to the definition of rape under the bill. However, the changed language has been dropped from the bill, neutralizing the issue.

The party-line vote saw Republicans on the panel supporting the measure and Democrats on the committee voting against it, with the exception of Puerto Rico Del. Pedro Pierluisi.

Although the House is expected to sign off on the pro-life legislation, the Senate will present problems since pro-abortion Democrats control the chamber. Pro-life senators may have to attempt to attach the language of the bill to another measure and would likely have to find 60 votes to cut off debate and end what would be a potential filibuster from abortion advocates.

Click here to listen to the audio of the ad running in Rep. Charlie Bass’s district.