March 9th, 2010
11:02 AM ET
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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. double standard

    That group would better serve our country putting $500,000 toward education for our children instead of blowing it on blowhards,Don't you think !!

    March 9, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. ran

    This is a health care bill not an anti-abortion bill.

    Why do they not bring up an anti-abortion bill of their own. Simply because it would go no were.

    Abortion is here to stay.

    What is needed is a constitutional amendment and put this issue behind us once and for all.

    You don't want an abortion then don't have one. Stop trying to impose your morality/religious obsessions on to the rest of us. OK.

    March 9, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Enough

    I am pro choice, but I do NOT think federal money should be spent on abortions unless it is due to rape or medically necessary. Abortion is ELECTIVE and shouldn't be paid for with tax payer money. The focus should be put on preventing unwanted pregnancies and quit using abortion as birth control. With all the options available there is no reason there should be so many abortions. Nobody is talking about taking away a womans right to choose, just the right to force the tax payers to pay for it.

    March 9, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Paul Blair

    They are being pressured to oppose something that doesn't exist.

    March 9, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Operation Crush Rush

    The insurance companies cover abortion now but I dont see them whining about them doing it.I love how Rush uses his staff to call in and praise him and spew talking points he want them to ask.Why do you think he will not allow them to ever be heard on his broadcasts.

    March 9, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Michael K

    This is not about keeping federal dollars from funding abortions.
    This is about prohibiting insurance companies, who receive any federal insurance subsidies at all, from selling any policy, without subsidies paid directly to insurers, from offering any coverage of a legal medical procedure.

    This would have the effect of making all abortions uninsured procedures. This would have the effect of denying citizens their rights to exercise control over their own bodies.

    By all means, tell us who the eight Democratic fascists are so we can replace them with supporters of American rights, not the unAmerican Right.

    March 9, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. joe

    This is ahealth bil. Since when are you liberals leftists going to get it thru your thick skulls that abortion is not a health issue. it is a choice to get pregnant and then kill the baby. What in the world does that have to do with health.

    March 9, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Helen

    WHy can't people chose for themselves. If I want an abortion, then it should be my right as long as I pay for it. And if you had any common sense most Abortions are paid to doctors and no insurance is used. People are confused on how abortion is paid for and the issue is that it is not the government but the people themselves. The only way government is involved is through rape, because they need the evidence to convict their rapist and send them to prison.

    I wish that when people try to control others that they look at both sides of the coin. Put yourself in their shoes first then talk later.

    March 9, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Aunt Bea and Opie

    This issue has no business in government,thank you.Rush uses his own staff to call in and praise him and ask canned questions,what a joke he is.Why do you think he wont ever let their voices be heard?

    March 9, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Florence

    I’m pro-choice and don’t care whether abortion will be included in the Healthcare bill. Since Republicans are so headstrong against abortion (which I really don’t understand why), and are using it to kill healthcare reform, then we should not give them another bone to chew on. There are many abortion clinics that charge a couple of hundred or a little bit more for abortion. If the healthcare bill does not include paying for abortion, I and many other pro-choice people would be more than happy to make donations toward these types of clinics so women can exercise their abortion right.
    On the other hand, I think if a woman knowingly chooses to keep a baby with birth defects, then she should also be responsible for his/her upbringing. I don’t want my tax dollars, which is tremendous, to go toward taking care of a person that would never amount to anything productive ever. You brought it you keep it.

    March 9, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. D. Tree

    This healthcare reform does not change anything with regard to funding abortion – all these radical special interest groups need to stop using our health insurance reform as an abortion issue. Its a non-issue and its shameful!

    March 9, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Marty, FL

    Please practice what is claimed and READ the bill that clearly states...No federal funds will be used for abortions (Hyde Amendment).

    Sen. Nelson's amendment from the Senate actually STRENGTHENS the language, but that never seems enough for SBA to waste good money that could be better used towards more charitable causes or when good Americans are in need of health care. Sad.

    March 9, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    These democrats are at risk of being steamrolled by the Chicago style politics of Rahm Emanuel. They MUST stand their ground. They are not asking for abortion to be made illegal.... they are doing the RIGHT thing by advocating for those of us who do not want OUR tax dollars used to fund abortion. Is that to difficult for the liberal brain to understand?

    March 9, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Wanda

    I was raped as a young girl and the man that raped me is dead now but I believe with all my heart that abortion is murder. If I had become pregnant becasue of the rape why would I punish a child that had nothing to do with it. There are too many good homes that want children to say there is no option but to abort a baby. I don't want my tax money supporting murder!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. keith A. sillsbury

    This is not even an issue. It was already stated that only in cases of rape, incest, or life threatening cases would it be permitted. You life righter nutz don't listen. shut your mouths and open your ears and maybe you'll leard something. Personaly I think everyone should be spade and neutered at birth. For one theres way too many people. two it seems that the stupid people are multiplying faster than everyone else. and lastly when your ready for children then you get the proceedure reversed.

    March 9, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Jackie

    How does "less government" fit in with the abortion issue? Or "big brother"? And why is it a government issue at all?

    March 9, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Dyan, Minnesota

    This bill does not allow federal funding for abortions. In fact, the Senate has included requirements that women who wish to purchase health insurance for abortions must pay for that coverage with a seperate check and out of their own funds.

    When will opponents stop lying about what is in this bill??

    March 9, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Jeffer65

    Taxpayer money should no be used to pay for abortions. Period.

    March 9, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    It's legal, yes. It's also, with rare exceptions, ELECTIVE.

    So what other ELECTIVE procedures should be covered? Tummy tucks? Breast augmentation? Botox?

    March 9, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Abortion funding is not in this bill, read it for yourself and stop depending on the false propaganda of others who have there own personal agenda. Abortion funding is not in this bill.

    March 9, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Reggie from LA

    How 500K can become a dangling carrot is a mystery to me. It ain't even gonna be enough to buy an election if "Blue Dogs" keep being "Yellow". Now you'll pay 1-1.5K per month for health insurance and never be sick a day in your life...only to be rejected for coverage. You'll let children die from stray bullets and won't say a work about gun control or force legislation for stronger laws. Now you want to whine about the direction of your tax dollars. Shows you have no conscience. Just political leanings. If you believe in God, let him do his job to punish the evil-doers. If you have stated your case, you have done your Christian duties. Not sure many of you fit the description of true Christians though.

    March 9, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. vic bullard

    Isn't it ironic that the Republicans are against abortion..yet support killing the healthcare bill that would save 45000 lives of people who can't afford to see a doctor..I really want to be part of that party..

    March 9, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Roberto

    First of all, i am a catholic but i believe every single woman in this country should decided what to do with their bodies. Don't they pay taxes too? If so, they have the right to use federal funds too.
    And by the way, i am a catholic.

    March 9, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Dave, the Truthteller

    Thats right. To be a good Democrat, you must demonize and kill anyone who cannot vote for you. The unborn are a great target. Before the Civil War it was African Americans. No wonder old man Kennedy was a Nazi sympathizer.

    March 9, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. french canadian that cant vote but has a big mouth

    I want Abortion on the every ballot for everything.

    March 9, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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