January 7th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
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Abortion stops planned at Democratic offices

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.

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  1. please

    Shouldn't these women be at home cooking and cleaning? Isn't that what they want, to roll back the clock to a time when women had no rights? Go home and get a life losers

    January 7, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    I'd like for every single one of the people who belong to that group to prove that the private health insurance company that they pay their premiums to does not ever cover abortions for anyone. They won't, because it would prove them hypocrites. Whether it's premiums to an insurance company or tax dollars to the government, there's really no difference in the analysis...your money is paying for abortions, so stop whining. However, anyone with a brain in their head should realize that where it's probably ok for a private insurance company to not offer any policies that cover abortion (it;s their business), it's an infringement of a precedentially recognized Constitutional right for the federal government to not only not cover them, but also prevent people receiving the federal subsidy from seeking gap-coverage insurance that does. Simple fact is, if you wish to attenuate the right to get an abortion, you hate Roe v. Wade, our Constitution and our laws and are seeking to oppress others.

    January 7, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Russ

    What gives these people the right to say what every taxpayer wants their money used for. I for one, get tired of paying for raising unwanted children that get thrown into the welfare system. On behalf of a women's right to choose, I want part of my tax dollars to support legal abortions. It's a hell of a lot cheaper for the abortion than raising these unwanted children. I guess if all you religous right hypocrites would step up and adopt these kids then I could support your efforts. In the mean time quit trying to decide how my money is spent.

    January 7, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Beth, N. Texas

    "Pro-life" conservatives would get so much more respect if their platform IF they consistently supported views that protect ALL life, not just being anti-abortion. (And sometimes, abortion is necessary to protect the life of the mother–doesn't her life matter??) A pro-life person should also be against unnecessary wars (i.e., Iraq), the sale of automatic weapons, and the death penalty, and he or she should support health insurance for all, for example. The hypocracy of their stances makes me stop listening to them.

    January 7, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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