Washington (CNN) - An influential conservative women's organization is planning a press tour in three Rust Belt states next week in an effort to urge a dozen-plus House Democrats to continue supporting the prohibition of federal funds for abortion in the health care reform legislation.
The Susan B. Anthony List will announce Thursday afternoon its plan to hold the events at the district offices of 13 House Democrats in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, CNN has learned. All of the Democrats voted in favor of an amendment authored by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, that forbids the use federal funds for abortion in the House version of the health care bill. The amendment was approved by the House, but a similar measure failed in the Senate.
"On behalf of millions of pro-life Americans, we urge pro-life Democrats in the House to stand firm, to respect the consciences of taxpayers and oppose health care reform legislation that funds abortion on-demand," former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colorado, will say in a statement that accompanies details of the tour. Musgrave serves as the director of the SBA List's Votes Have Consequences Project.
The events will be held at the offices of Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Rep. John Boccieri of Ohio, Rep. Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, Rep. Zack Space of Ohio, Rep Charlie Wilson of Ohio, Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Rep. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana and Rep. Baron Hill of Indiana.
A handful of other anti-abortion rights organizations are joining SBA List in this campaign including Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, 40 Days for Life, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum and Students for Life of America.
An organizer stressed that the events are being organized to thank the Democrats for supporting the abortion funding restriction and urge them to continue to do so.