Abortion Survivor to Blast Obama Record in TV Ad During Debate

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 3, 2012   |   11:26AM   |   Washington, DC

A woman who survived a botched abortion will be featured in a television commercial criticizing President Barack Obama’s abortion record that will air during tonight’s debate.

The Women Speak Out PAC, a project of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, announced that its television ad highlighting Barack Obama’s extreme abortion record will air during tonight’s presidential debate. The ad features abortion survivor Melissa Ohden and exposes President Obama’s opposition to legislation to provide equal treatment to babies born alive after a failed abortion.

The ad will run on KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, Colorado costing $25,000.

“Tonight voters across the country, including many who are undecided, will be watching the presidential debate in order to learn more about each candidate,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

She told LifeNews: “America’s #1 abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, has been targeting Colorado voters with ads attempting to paint Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as extremists, but voters deserve to know who is really extreme on the issue of abortion. President Obama is so committed to abortion that he repeatedly opposed measures to ensure equal treatment and protection for babies who, like Melissa Ohden in our ad, survived a failed abortion.  President Obama is far outside the mainstream on this issue.”

The ad buy comes a day after the Women Speak Out PAC announced its first $500,000 television ad campaign concentrated in key media markets in Ohio, Virginia, and Florida.  So far in the presidential race the SBA List and the Women Speak Out PAC have spent a combined total of more than $875,000 on television ad campaigns to expose Barack Obama’s record on abortion.

The television commercials include one profiling Obama’s pro-abortion record and another featuring abortion survivor Melissa Ohden exposing how Obama repeatedly failed to support a bill in Illinois as a state legislator that would provide medical protection for babies who survived botched abortions.



The launch of the Women Speak Out PAC comes on the heels of polling data released by the SBA List showing that President Obama loses support from likely swing voters once they are educated on his extreme abortion record. A majority of swing voters (54%) are less likely to vote for President Obama after learning that he voted against a law to give equal treatment to babies born alive after a failed abortion (35% much less likely). Key voter groups were also negatively impacted including independents (46%) and pro-choicers (43%).