March 9th, 2010
11:02 AM ET
12 years ago

Anti-abortion Democrats targeted in new campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Marcy Kaptur is one of eight Democrats being targeted by the SBA List."]Washington (CNN) – An anti-abortion rights organization is pledging to spend $500,000 to pressure eight Democrats to stand their ground and oppose any kind of federal funding for abortion in health care reform legislation.

The Susan B. Anthony List announced that it's spending $115,000 on radio ads this week targeting four House Democrats - Reps. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, John Boccieri of Ohio, Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania - as the "kick off" of its campaign.

The SBA List, a national political organization based in the Washington, D.C. area, said in a statement that Reps. Baron Hill of Indiana, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, Charlie Wilson of Ohio and Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania are the four other Democrats it will seek to exert pressure on.

The eight Democrats voted late last year in favor of an amendment offered by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, that would put in place restrictions on federal funding for abortions in the House-passed health care bill.

SBA List said that telephone calls and other grassroots activities will also be part of the campaign.

Filed under: Abortion • Bart Stupak • Health care
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Reny

    Abortion is murder and should be outlawed. This has been a stain on our nation.

    March 9, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Rickster

    The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin - 51 percent to 41 percent - Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama's presidency.

    lolol.......Looks like Mr. Hope & Change has been worse than "the evil George Bush" on global relations.......what a farce this guy is. Do democrats ever get tired of being wrong?

    March 9, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Oh No!!!

    This healthcare bill should not be held up over issues that due with abortion.

    March 9, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. a health economist

    I would love to hear what these Democrats thoughts are on government employees having abortions paid out of their own pocket. Because their entire income comes from the tax payers.

    March 9, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Gale Shipman

    How is it that democrats call themselves caring about other humans but don't blink an eye at the murder of babies?

    March 9, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm confused. Isn't a woman's say so on her own reproductive rights in the Democratic Party's Platform? So does that mean these anti-abortion Democrats aren't really Democrats? I know we have a big tent, but I didn't know it was that big. What next, Democrats who are wholly owned subsidiaries of corporate America? Oh, that's right, they're already here, including, possibly, our very own President.

    March 9, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    I'll bet these groups have a hidden connection to health insurers, who have a vested interest in the status quo. Either that or they are just out-and-out un-American. What bunch of people in their right minds would put the *possibility* that some language in a health reform bill could *maybe* be used to subsidize a few abortions ahead of the health care of 300,000,000 Americans and the reduction of the federal deficit? You either have to be "on the take" from insurance companies or have no sense of proportion and morality to take such a stand.

    March 9, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Independant Thinker

    Ahhh...Special Interest Groups with too much money and the desire to force their opinions and beliefs on others. We'll see what kind of "Cajones" these politicians really have.

    March 9, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. gt

    stand your ground....americans are behind you...

    March 9, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. John

    There is no language for federal funding of abortions in this bill. PERIOD!

    They just want to add provisions so they can tell people what they can and cant do with their own money.

    March 9, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    If the churchs continue to stick their big beaks into politics,its time to start taxing them along with think tanks.

    March 9, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Monkey wrench

    I am all about free Federally funded and mandated abortions for low income women that can't support what they have now, women with genetic long term health problems, women with low IQ's, women on welfare, and of course women that produce children for subsidized income. There should be a FREE clinic located next to each SEIU Union Hall, Food stamp outlet, Welfare office and ACORN office. As we now see, when the entitled recipients get the keys to the cash cauffers it is the end of a free society.

    March 9, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. AncientRiver, New Mexico

    Separation of Church and State. I may think Viagara is evil in a world with too many unwanted kids, but my tax money pays for it anyway.
    It's legal and so is abortion. I alsopay for people who have smoked their lungs to extinction or eaten themselves into heart disease and cancer. Get over it.

    March 9, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Dean

    DONT LIKE ABORTION? DON"T GET ONE now quit telling the rest of us what to do.

    March 9, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The beauty of liberalism, they eventually kill most of their own. Only the sneakiest and snarkiest survive, hence Chuck Schumer.

    March 9, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Ethan

    Isn't that just so typical of the Right, to attack A WOMAN'S LEGAL RIGHT TO CHOOSE in the name of Susan B. Anthony, the premiere women's rights figure in American history?

    So typical of the Republican Party's under-handed, intellectually dishonest tactics.

    March 9, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    It's amazing how politicians can just ignore the fact that the planet is already grossly overpopulated with humans, and that very overpopulation, is destroying the planet at such an alarming rate, that it is projected we will pass the point of no return, on saving the planet, in just 40 years.

    Anyone who is pro-life, is in denial.

    March 9, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Nobody hates the Constitution more than christian social conservatives.

    March 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Guest

    Abortion is legal and should be allowed to be funded by the government healthcare plan. There really is no argument here.

    March 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. dan

    All these pseudo-dems should go to the repub side since they are just DINO's anyway. Get them out so we can deal with them honestly, not have them ambush the Dem's everytime we get something good going.

    March 9, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. j

    The choice really should rest with the woman, NOT the state, NOT the federal government, and certainly NOT with pro-lifers.

    March 9, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    the anti-abortion people are lunatics....


    March 9, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. S Callahan

    I just read an article by Timothy Jost author if Health Law. He goes on to explain that CHCF funds are to be transferred to HHS accts. thus...monies can NOT be used for abotions per the Hyde Admendment (1976)....essentially saying..that there is no just cause to not inlcude the Stupak-Pitts admendment (which bans tax dollars for abortion). So, knowing wonders....who is pulling the wool over whose eyes. Think About it.

    ps CNN Kudos to Pter Hanby's today article on teh No 3 Party article...nicely done!

    March 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Jim

    So, which is it, Right-wing morons? Less Government, or more? If you want less, then drop the whole anti-abortion argument. If you don't then own up to the fact that you are lying about not wanting bigger government. Either way, you are a bunch of hypocrites.

    March 9, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Vic of New York

    The Right-Wing Freak Show can run all the ads it wants. The bottom line is this:


    Repugnicans are already toast this coming November....

    I'm going after that Republican poseur: Lenny Lance, first opportunity, and he will be toast in NJ. Mark my words.

    Conservative Democrats who become a millstone will be treated the same as a lame Republican!

    March 9, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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