March 18th, 2010
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Catholics United ad targets pro-life Democrats

 Catholics United launched a television ad Thursday targeting pro-life Democrats who are undecided about health care reform.
Catholics United launched a television ad Thursday targeting pro-life Democrats who are undecided about health care reform.

(CNN) - Claims that health care reform would use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions just aren't true, according to a new ad from a liberal Catholic organization.

The 30-second ad from Catholics United launches Thursday and targets pro-life legislators who are undecided on the Senate bill with this message:

"Analysts agree the reform bill prohibits federal funding for abortion. It's endorsed by pro-life advocates, like the Catholic Health Association…And it defends human life at all stages by covering 30 million uninsured…"

The Catholic group's six-figure ad buy will air in the districts of Democratic Reps. Christopher Carney and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Steve Dreihaus of Ohio, Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, Tom Perriello of Virginia and Bart Stupak of Michigan.

"It is our sincere hope that pro-life Americans will see through the false charges and lend their support to this important legislation," said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. "We are just days away from making history."


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Reagan raised taxes and tripled the debt.

    Read it and weep,Rush Limbaugh,I laugh at your lying rear everyday.hahaha

    March 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Pepou

    I just have one word for them: THANK YOU!

    March 18, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Again, just more proof coming from the church that Republicans are nothing but liars and don't deserve the respect or support from the American people. Republicans have nothing to offer, so they just lie and I personally hate a liar.

    March 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. KO

    If Stupak and the bishops were really pro-life, they would support this legislation. Lack of health insurance is responsible for tens of thousands of needless deaths in this country every year.

    March 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    We have a government in place.

    We do NOT need the Pope and his Pedophiles running our government and making rules for our health-care.

    I think they should lose their tax-exempt status - any of them that run ads or preach politics – tax their tithes.

    March 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    I'm not catholic – I WILL NOT live by catholic rules - ever.

    March 18, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. The Other Michael in Houston

    Finally some truth. And what is most shocking is it is coming from Catholics! Good job for exposing the lies of the Republican Jihadist. The Republican Establishment hates America and will do anything to destroy our Democracy, lie, cheat, steal, etc. How did Americans allow such to happen. Oh well, we are taking our country back, starting with jobs, then healthcare, next will be education, then the enviroment. We are witnessing history being made. When a country is sick and tired of being sick and tired, we rise, we stand up, we fight. We as people have experienced first hand our constituion being used as a manipulative tool to control us and we had enough. We have defeated the Republican Jihadist again, no all is left to do is finish what we started in 2008. Say bye bye to the Republican Jihadist Establisment.

    March 18, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. WAKE UP TO REPUBLICANS FEAR MONGERING AND TRICKS!

    Hey stupid Stupak do you still want your 15 minutes of shame read and weep tea baggers

    NO FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ABORTION

    Oh and Bohner YOU LIE!
    Do you get it yet NO FUNDING FOR ABORTION Read slowly to comprehend!

    March 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Carl Coleman

    I have listened to Bart Stupak on numerous occasions, and I am sure he is sincere in his desire to preserve life. However, he does not seem to have sufficient interlect to provide a rational explanation of his position, and instead thinks simply staking out a position provides that he is right.

    March 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Aaaaand, there we have it. The only provision in the entire bill that constitutes the government explicitly making health care decisions for people...brought to you primarily by the very people who have been trying to scare everyone by telling them that the bill will result in the government making health care decisions for you. Good on ya GOPers. God forbid the federal gov't use taxpayer money to facilitate people exercising their constitutional rights.

    March 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    Wow this announcement is history in itself. Who would have thought that a religion was able to see thru lies and tell the truth. WOW! Im still shellshocked!

    March 18, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. AndyBlue

    Maybe they should check in on their own pro-life nuns who want the bill passed. Talk about out of touch.

    I think that any religious organization who takes out 6 figure ads to threaten our politicians should lose their tax exempt status.

    Catholic preists...... Dont leave your children alone with them.

    March 18, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Jin

    So the Catholic Church, home of homophobes and child abusers, has aligned itself with the extreme, radical political right wing of the former GOP. Surprise surprise. Hopefully, it too will soon sink into oblivion. The only use for Catholicism since the European invasion of the Americas has to enforce tithing and the constant flow of legal money back to the Vatican. If they survive their current political ties to white collar criminals and social bigots they should be taxed like any other business.

    March 18, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Gary

    Does this organization care more about inflated lies about this reform bill covering and paying for abortion than it does the fact that if people like them get their way, influence the right congressman and this bill doesn't pass that some 45,000 people each year (INCLUDING CHILDREN) will die because they don't have health care?! Or that 30 million don't have health insurance and many more are just 1 ailment away from bankruptcy and losing their life savings? I see your petty little moralist argument and raise you!

    March 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    Thank you. The Republicans have lied about this from the begining.

    March 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    It's good to see Catholic groups and nuns stand up for truth by supporting moral healthcare for our fellow Americans.

    God bless America!

    March 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Frank Ryan

    If the Catholics have extra money, they shouldn't spend it on political advertising, but on compensating the victims of the physical and sexual abuse of priests and nuns.

    March 18, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. SPTX

    I am fortunate enough to be employed, and insured. Does that mean I have more of a right to lead a healthy life than someone who is out of work or who the insurance companies refuse to insure? Staying healthy should not be a luxury that only some can afford.

    I applaud Catholics United for seeing past the lies, and supporting this legislation.

    March 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. rdepontb

    I am a Catholic, the product of 12 years of Catholic school. Am I proud of everything the Church represents these days? In a word: NO.

    Who are these people who want to kill the Healthcare package at this very critical time, and in so doing risk the lives of 45,000 uninsured Americans who die every year? Who are these shortsighted individuals who cannot see past their noses, and who, my heavens, are now even opposing the nuns who DO support the plan??

    The Church we see today is, unfortunately, wracked with the stigma of child sexual and physical abuse, which the leaders have known about, and tried to hide, for decades and decades. Certainly, they are in no position to speak for the unborn, the born, the young, or for anyone at all. They have to answer for their own sins and misdeeds.

    Abortion is not the issue here; do not let the Republicans scare you into believing that. I drove by one of their demonstrations-mostly Tea Partiers, probably-and have never seen more ugly sentiment in my entire 60 years on this earth. "Kill the Bill" posters, with a cartoon of the duly elected President of the United States climbing into a casket. I guess that represents those 45,000 who die every year because they have no health insurance?? I guess it represents their children, spouses, parents... ? Never mind the "white face" posters of death-really, is that who you are associated with? Really, "Catholics United"?

    How are you at least as concerned about those already on this good earth as those not yet born? Where is your reasoning? But more to the point-where are your reading skills? There will be no government-paid abortion in this bill-period. Stand up and do the right thing, let's get the ball rolling in the right direction. It will take years to undo the damage to our uninsured, and to those insured who are overtaxed by having to pay for that coverage, somehow.

    Demand that your Representatives support this bill, for all of our sakes.

    March 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. joe magarzatz

    Bishops are talking! WHO'S LISTENING?

    JFK was right–"....absolute separation between church and state."

    March 18, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    I wish the media, and everyone else for that matter, would stop using the term "pro-life" when the correct term to use is ANTI-CHOICE! C'mon . . . . everyone is PRO-LIFE . . . EVERYONE! Pro-CHOICE or Anti-CHOICE. That's what the crux of the matter is.

    March 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Neaderthal Republicans

    Well Done.

    It's about time that people stop letting zealots hijack their good names.

    Southerners proud of the "Confederacy" should have spoken up 50 years ago when racist KKK [Ku Klux Klan] & skinheads were co-opting the Confederate flag as their symbol. Maybe if they had, the Confederate flag would be associated with racism today.

    Similarly, having Catholic nuns affirm that

    1.) the bill does nothing to enable more abortions ... it DOES NOT change the status quo.

    2.) the true "CHRISTIAN" thing to do is to bring the PRO-LIFE aspects of healthcare reform; THE LIVES that it will SAVE.

    will prevent the RRR ... Radical Rightwing Republicans from hijacking RELIGION as a means to thwart President Obama's humanitarian push for healthcare reform.

    March 18, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. CF

    It's about time someone on that side realizes that you can't call yourself "pro-life" if you are against extending lifesaving health care to more Americans.

    March 18, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Preston kathy

    Pkm you are going to let people from your church suffer and die because you do not care if they can get medical care no wonder you are pro life you are against birth control all you care is to have more babies to go to your church

    March 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. a Catholic

    If the Catholics have 6 figure money to blow on this I don't think that they need my donations anymore.

    March 18, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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