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. Angie in PA


    There is no abortion funding in this bill, I repeat no abortion funding in the bill PLEASE STOP THE LIES!

    March 9, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. aaron

    There's no room for religion in politics. Keep your anti-abortion rhetoric to yourself.

    March 9, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Jackie

    I wonder how many anti-abortionists carry guns......just in case they have to suddenly shoot someone.......but guns are ok because you know guns don't kill people – people kill people. Feel free to ignore the fact that if people didn't have guns they wouldn't be able to shoot anyone. What about all the children that are killed by guns every year or beaten to death? If this group (I'm sure Susan B. Anthonly is proud of them) is about protecting children – make it all children. How about children who are without families or live in violent families – how concerned are they about those children? How many have they adopted? I think they're equally important in God's eyes. Tunnel vision. But righteous tunnel vision I'm sure.....

    March 9, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. gar

    Abortion in the first 2 trimesters is legal and that is unlikely to change dollars should not pay for (or in any way subsidize) this procedure when 50% of the population feels like this is immoral. I think that is the fair compromise. Keep abortion legal for those individuals who want to purchase it themselves. Pro-Abortion advocates can develop their own Pro-Abortion non-profit organization where they can voluntarily give their own money and can use their own money to help poor people get abortions if they want to.

    The whole situation is sad....I say: sex ed, more birth control. Let's prevent the unwanted pregnancy in the first place!

    March 9, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    Dyan, Minnesota March 9th, 2010 12:41 pm ET
    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??
    What you fail to mention is there are 2 versions of this bill. The Senate bill and the House bill. If the house bill has the same abortion provision, then please expalin Suptak's opposition! Secondly, with the Congressional track record of actually reading bills BEFORE they are signed, how can you truthfully say anyone is lying about this?

    March 9, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. kf

    Abortion is a CHOICE. Just because some women have it doesn't mean all women go forward with the procedure. All these people that are pushing for outlawing aborttion, have you helped any women that has carried her child and is destitute? Where is your compassion for the child in poverty? I hear about abortion after birth but that they don't seem to scream about.

    March 9, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Chipster

    Thank you, Reny. You are entitled to your opinion and to refuse to have an abortion if you choose. I will defend your right to make your own choice. Abortion was outlawed for a while and all it achieved was preventing poor women from getting safe abortions. Women who have money were always able to get a "D&C." All it took was money.

    Now, wouldn't it be better to prevent unwanted pregnancies, rape, incest, and abandonment? Can't we educate our children (male and female) and teach them the dangers of unprotected sex and of having sex before they are prepared for the consequences? Wouldn't that be more effective than a law that does nothing to prevent abortions but just pretends to? Desperate women will have abortions.

    Can't we work together to prevent them instead of driving them underground where too many women and you girls die?

    March 9, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Sniffit March 9th, 2010 11:52 am ET
    Nobody hates the Constitution more than christian social conservatives.
    Wrong! True Christians love the Word of God First !
    Secondly, Could it be it is the liberal interpretation of the US Constitution Christian social conservatives hate and not the actual Constitution? I believe so!

    March 9, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Michele

    So conservatives will hold up health care for all Americans over abortion, but will vote time after time after time to ruin our economy through unfunded wars, killing hundreds of thousands of women and children who don't happen to be white Americans. I would never have an abortion, but it IS legal. Tell you what, you can ban abortions if we can ban assault rifles and machine guns from you 'lawabiding' militiamen, er, hunters.

    March 9, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Classy Lady

    Republicans are hypocrites. They will be the first one to have their daughter child terminated because of social status!! I guess getting paid for stealing, and lying is fine!!

    March 9, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. p

    I am not FOR abortion.
    No one is FOR abortions.
    We should always strive to have fewer ones.
    But a woman's body is between her, her doctor, her clergyman, etc.
    It is not my business. That's plain arrogance. It's her business.
    Abortion is legal in this country, and should stay that way.
    Why is it that anti-abortion folks are mostly pro-execution(capitol punishment)?
    Why is it that the phonys that always scream less government/no government takeover! want to intrude SO deeply into folks' personal lives.
    Healthcare reform should not be written to change, in any way, current abortion law. I don't believe it does.
    Healthcare reform NOW! Bring it!

    March 9, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Susie

    This is so stupid because there IS no federal funding of abortion, and it is not in the bill. This is just an issue to another lie from the right hitting hot button issues aimed at people who either don't know any better, or would rather believe that the other party is evil. I think they are just fools.

    March 9, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Cevin, WI

    I would like a pro-abortion person to tell me when they think a child's right to live finally out-weighs the inconvenience placed on the mother for carrying the pregnancy to term. They only argument they ever bring up is the mother's right to privacy and control over her own body.

    When does the child receive its rights?

    March 9, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Chipster

    Fair is Fair: I agree, elective surgery should not be covered in the healthcare plan and I don't believe it is. Neither is abortion. Federal funds will not be used to pay for abortions.

    What some legislators are attempting to do is ban abortion, even if a woman pays for her own medical insurance to cover it. If it is elective, I'm not aware of any coverage for that. If it is needed to save the woman's life or ability to have children in the future, then any insurance should cover it.

    So, what's the problem? There is no language in the bill that approves using federal funds for elective abortion. That is simply false.

    March 9, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Pepou

    I am sick and tired hearing about abortion. If you don't like abortions, then don't get one. Period. Meanwhile 45 millions of Americans are uninsured and die of cancer and other diseases every day !!!

    March 9, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Doug,lib jersey

    Democrats getting abortions is the only thing they are capable of doing that will make this country better.

    March 9, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. John D

    I see the Democrat liberals are really hitting the comment columns on the net. To bad they really have nothing they can say but are just trying to smoothe over all the left wing LIES. I really wish they had more to say than to just want to turn this country into a socialist state. Dems are the real party of no.

    No Ethics!
    No Answers!
    No Fiscal Responsibility!
    No Truthfulness!

    Just keep spouting bull and keep the mushrooms in the dark about what they are really trying to do! HEY COMRADES!

    March 9, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Marc

    Reny – March 9th, 2010 11:11 am ET
    'Abortion is murder and should be outlawed. This has been a stain on our nation.'
    Women did abortions before 'Roe vs Wade' and will do them if one they abortions are outlawed again.
    The 'stain' has been there since forever...

    Rickster – Could you please stand at the issue at hand?

    March 9, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Chipster

    I feel exactly the way you do: "If I had become pregnant because of the rape why would I punish a child that had nothing to do with it."

    And I thank God that I live in a country where you and I are free to make those choices based on our personal beliefs. I would not dictate those choices for anyone because each person must decide which choice it best for them.

    Some people say that a woman will regret having an abortion. Well, won't they regret giving away a child for adoption? And don't some women regret keeping a child that they cannot provide with basic necessities? Which choice is best for you? What qualifies us to make that choice for anyone else?

    March 9, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Marc

    Fair is Fair – March 9th, 2010 12:44 pm ET
    Did you read the bill? It's not there so what are you ranting about?

    March 9, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Florence

    On one hand the Republicans don’t want big government. They don't want government to pay for abortion either, which is a miniscule expense visa-vis the price that the government is spending toward nurturing these babies throughout their life time. Interestingly enough, when these same republicans give birth to a baby with birth defect, they expect the government to cover the expenses. Does anyone know how much it costs us to pay for a birth defect baby throughout his life time? Does Sara Palin take government grant to raise her Down syndrome baby? I’m sure she does. No one likes big government but everyone screams bloody murder when the government is not there to help. Big corporation robbed us blind. They pocketed billions of dollars during the Bush era and when they were going belly-up they came to the government not with their hands and knees, but with their jets and expected the government to bail them out. So when they make money it’s theirs to keep and they’re capitalist, but when they lose they’re socialist. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    March 9, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. JD

    Moral issues of abortion aside, it makes absolutely no sense for any so-called health care "reform" bill to cover a purely elective surgical procedure due to an idiot not taking personal responsibility for their own conduct.

    The Democrats have subsidized enough irresponsibility through their nonsensical buy-outs, bailouts and other economic lunacy. Enough is enough. Abort this charade that masquerades as 'reform" and start over!

    March 9, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Mike in MN

    I guess progressives don't like DINOs any more than conservatives like RINOs. As a coservative I definitly like both DINOs and RINOs far more than fisically irresponsible, big government progressives.

    March 9, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Joseph-Ohio

    If we totaled all the money political groups and the Government has spent on telling a woman what to do with her body regarding abortion, I would bet my life savings (and that aint bad these days) that we could wipe out the majority of our national debt. WAKE UP WASHINGTON! So what a woman wants an abortion! It is her body! You do not stop a woman from having a sex change, thus saving the life of a child to come? No, I do not think so! So why abortion? Blocking abortion is not fixing our national debt, which will shut our entire way of life down within our lifetime if we do not begin to do something about it NOW. Blocking abortion is not getting people back to work. Blocking abortion is a waste of money! It is not a Government issues! It is a personal issue! Can we please point our attention towards something that trully needs to be fixed that will improve the lives of all Americans?

    March 9, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Stacie

    There is no federal funding for abortion in this bill. Furthermore, there is already a law forbidding federal funds to pay for abortions. Why do we all have to waste energy saying this again and again and again?

    This is NOT about the health care bill. It is a sneaky way to try to overturn Roe Vs Wade.

    March 9, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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