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

Conservative group targets Stupak, 19 other House Dems

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/08/art.stupak0408.gi.jpg caption="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. JimII

    Truth in advertising laws for political ads. Its time has come.

    April 8, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. MCD

    All or nothing! My way or the highway!

    Perfect example showing that you just cannot get anything done by trying to compromise with this type of person! They don't believe in compromise and therefore, we just shouldn't even try anymore.

    April 8, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Ricket

    Money well spent. Get rid of all of them.

    April 8, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. al in memphis

    As a christian, I would like to think that the name Family Research Council is actually an organization that has paid attention to the facts. Rep Stupak stood his ground and did more than what others would have attempted to do.
    I would rather they spend the money on ads that will provide more insight for women to chose not to have abortion. Otherwise, I tend to think you are in allegance with people seeking political power.

    April 8, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Cynthia - Arkansas

    And exactly what are the Republicanc offering? More deregulation that almost put us into the worst depression ever. More tax breaks for their corporate buddies? More outsourcing of jobs? Hate and vile threats that are tearing this country apart?


    April 8, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    You know what this is? This is Fox News (sic) and rightwing hate radio, spewing lies that are being believed. When will the ignorant masses realize that these people make money keeping them angry? What does Limbaugh make, about $48 Million a year? And why? Because he keeps them angry and keeps them tuning in to make them angrier.

    And speaking of angry, rightwing conservative Christians! How did the teachings of Jesus Christ get so distorted and become so hateful? And why do they think they have the right to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies, and will even kill for their beliefs? Christian? This doesn't even come close.

    April 8, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Mark

    Stupak is extremely UNPOPULAR up here in Michigan. He best retire.

    April 8, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Tom from Vermilion, Ohio

    Frankly, I can't see how these "groups" should be allowed to get away with this crap. Everybody knows Bart Stupak is a pro-life Democrat. The Health Care Reform bill does not allow for gov-funded abortions. Clearly wrong. Who are the other 19 Democrats? Who are the Republican planning to replace them with? This is wrong, oh so wrong. And I'm an Independent!!!

    April 8, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Gina from NM

    Put it to rest, windbags! Why don't you spend that money adopting all the children fending for themselves in the streets because irresponsible people chose to breed when they weren't prepared. Put your money where your big mouths are; fund planned parenthood or do something constructive for a change. Palin should know all about this, right; she has first-hand experience.

    April 8, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. rdepontb

    Mr. Stupak,
    I've donated to your campaign already, from Maryland, and I will do so again, and I'm sure I won't be alone.

    Thank you!

    April 8, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Tom from TX

    These idiots spin abortion like all women are jumping at the chance to have one. As a man, I can't imagine how difficult that choice must be, but I think a woman should continue to have the right to make that decision. Those who have kids when they aren't ready or can't afford them, end up sucking our tax dollars eventually anyway, so don't fool yourselves. Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is and adopt an unwanted kid? If not, shut up. A right to choose is the law; let this be a personal choice, not a political one!

    April 8, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Hooray!

    Love seeing the C-streeters turn on each other and do the liberals' work for us. Go for it Repugs!

    April 8, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. harold

    NEED health care?.. Then go to the Emergency room at hospital so say the Conservatives.. They also say they got their Health insurance... We work..they say.....

    April 8, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. John D

    Stupak is a TRAITOR and SELLOUT! He was really cheap too.

    April 8, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Mickey, NY

    Ahhh those silly conservatives...as if they are going to make a difference when EVERYONE that matters has their number.

    April 8, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When you can beat the Democrats then it's necessary to LIE and that's a sin. I hope the doors of heaven are left open and not nailed shut for those who lie in sin.

    April 8, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. ross

    I hope these far right loonies get their due. Stupak was one of a few with any real conviction. I hope the backlash against these clowns is swift and telling!

    April 8, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Scotty D

    Maybe it is time for the progressive groups to target conservative and neocon politicans and have the media report on this. The media is incredibily one sided – not a surprise considering that CNN is even located in the ultra conservative south.

    April 8, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. truebob

    I just donated $10.00 to Stupak, and I donate to every candidate that the GOP "targets" that makes the news. They may be richer than you or me, but they can't out spend all of us. Jerks.

    April 8, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Ashamed American

    6 years of complete Republican domination and they did'nt lift a finger to stop Abortion. Do you really think they care about this issue? They do, when it come to getting suckers to vote for them.

    You are being played! Form your own party moral folks! Why you are trying to latch on to a party with no morals is beyond me! in fact, I am not sure why you want your religion mixed with one of if not the most corrupt institution we have. They will drag you down with them!

    April 8, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Jim

    There has to be some truth in advertising even in political ads. The health care law does nothing to allow people to get abortions.

    April 8, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. Albo58

    Stupak is a pathetic party hack and I'm gladly sending a check to get his sorry butt out of Washington!

    April 8, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. EBC

    You have to ask if these conservative groups have LEARNED anything. They continue to attack without NO THOUGHT to the backlash they will face come November. It's amazing.

    April 8, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. John

    Nothing like hit ad's with all out lies to show how proud they are to be Americans.

    Way to go republicans, you are not only the party of "no", your the party of "no truth".

    April 8, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Michael

    Finally, the Lunatic Right is seeing the writing on the wall. Fear as a mechanism for social control is going the way of monarchies as a form of government.

    "It's the end of fear, that's what it is"
    – "Unready to Wear," Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    April 8, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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