SBA List in the Headlines – March 13 – 19

The legislative battle over spending cuts in the Continuing Resolution (CR) took center stage in the media this week, with many reporters exploring the implications of what they called “social policy riders” attached to the version of the bill passed in the House last month.  A Bloomberg wire story on Rep. Mike Pence’s (R-IN) strong stand against Planned Parenthood funding quoted Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser on the pro-life movement’s efforts: “We are pressing, asking, cajoling, lobbying, saying, ‘This should not be negotiable.’”

On the morning of the House vote on a second short-term CR, SBA List’s opposition to any CR that doesn’t strip Planned Parenthood of its government funds received attention in other national outlets including  Meanwhile, SBA List’s grassroots letter to the editor campaign got off the ground with opinions from pro-life activists appearing on the Syracuse Post-Standard’s website where, two weeks earlier, the paper tracked the “Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood” tour bus’ progress through Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s (R-NY) district.

After the House voted to pass a CR without a measure to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, tour bus leader and former Colorado Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave went on Christian radio to express disappointment and hope that the House would stand strong on the next CR vote: “Come three weeks, they’re going to get another test — and I hope they pass the test.  At a time of moral outrage and fiscal crisis, now is the time to defund Planned Parenthood.”

Bloomberg: Republicans Lay Traps for Obama in Budget Strategy to Pick Policy Fights
Date: March 14, 2011        By: Julie Hirschfeld Davis Some Pro-Lifers Urge GOP to Oppose CR Over Abortion Funding
Date: March 14, 2011        By: Steven Ertelt Editorial: Planned Parenthood cutes not only about saving money
Date: March 14, 2011        By: Staff

National Review Online: Republicans Dig in for Spending Fight
Date: March 14, 2011        By: Andrew Stiles

The Examiner: GOP now battling its own right wing over budget
Date: March 14, 2011        By: Susan Ferrechio

The Hill: OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Healthcare reform dodges budget ax again
Date: March 14, 2011        By: Healthwatch staff

The Hill: Tea Party opponents complicate GOP vote on new stopgap funding bill
Date: March 14, 2011        By: Erik Wasson

CBS News: Tea Party, some Republicans unhappy with short-term spending vote
Date: March 15, 2011        By: Stephanie Condon Conservatives Can Find Unity on Cutting Abortion Funding
Date: March 15, 2011        By: Maura Butler House Passes CR, Battle on Planned Parenthood Funding Remains
Date: March 15, 2011        By: Steven Ertelt

CBN News:  Planned Parenthood Funding Continues for Now
Date:  March 16, 2011        By: David Brody Federal funding of abortion continues
Date: March 16, 2011        By: Charlie Butts Letter-writers sound off on abortion and Planned Parenthood
Date: March 17, 2011        By: Staff

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