April 8th, 2010
06:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Conservative group targets Stupak, 19 other House Dems

Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak and 19 other anti-abortion House Democrats are the targets of a new radio ad campaign.
Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak and 19 other anti-abortion House Democrats are the targets of a new radio ad campaign.

Washington (CNN) – A social conservative organization announced Thursday that it's launching a radio ad campaign targeting Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak and 19 other House Democrats who oppose abortion but voted in favor of the recently passed health care legislation.

The ads, paid for by FRC Action PAC, contend that the legislation does not maintain a longstanding federal policy against funding abortion.

Stupak led a coalition of anti-abortion rights Democrats, who initially withheld support for the legislation over the abortion issue.

As the bill approached a final vote in the House, Stupak announced that he had reached an agreement with the White House. In exchange for the Stupak coalition's support, President Obama issued an executive order stating that passage of the health care bill did not change the federal prohibition on funding of abortions. Many Republicans and social conservatives argue, however, that Obama's order does not do enough and that the Democratic health care bill contains avenues for abortion funding.

The radio ad begins with the sound of a creaky door opening. "What's that noise?" one woman asks in the ad.

"That's our congressman Bart Stupak opening the back door to a health care law that would allow our tax dollars to pay for abortions," another woman responds.

The conversation between the two women ends with one of them saying, "If Rep. Stupak is going to open up the back door for the abortion industry, I think it's time to show him the exit door." The ad closes with the sound of a door slamming shut.

FRC Action PAC said it plans to spend $500,000 on the ad campaign.

Stupak has maintained that Obama's executive order puts to rest any doubt about whether passage of the Democratic legislation changed federal policy.

FRC Action PAC is the political action committee associated with the Family Research Council, an organization that advocates on behalf of socially conservative values.

Related: Stupak considering retirement?


Filed under: 2010 • Abortion • Ads • Bart Stupak • Health care
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Ramses

    Stupek, you are a brave, courageous Great man. Do not get intimidated by those Tea party people & Republican. Stand up & deliver as you did for health care. I love & admire you.

    April 8, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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