SBA List Leads Coalition Letter to President Obama

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by our organizations, the undersigned groups urge you to explicitly exclude abortion funding from health care reform legislation. To reflect the national consensus, any bipartisan agreement on health care reform must exclude abortion funding.

Recently as a part of your efforts to revitalize the health care debate, you have proposed a televised bipartisan summit.  On February 7, 2010, you told Katie Couric, “Let’s just go through these bills, their ideas, our ideas – let’s walk through them in a methodical way so that the American people can see and compare what makes the most sense.”  In light of this renewed commitment to bipartisanship, we therefore urge you to acknowledge the one issue with the greatest bipartisan consensus: an explicit exclusion of public funds for abortion.

American public opinion polling tells us that there can be no greater bipartisan agreement than on the subject of limiting public funds for abortion.  An overwhelming majority of Americans—72% according to a recent Quinnipiac poll—oppose using public funds to subsidize abortion in the name of “health care.” Last fall, 64 House Democrats joined their Republican colleagues in the House to pass the Stupak Amendment to exclude abortion funding from the House health care bill. This vote was the single largest bipartisan statement in the health care debate thus far.

The American people want clear language to prevent the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion or any health care plans that cover abortion.  This is the status quo, as defined by the Hyde Amendment and numerous longstanding budgetary riders.  The only legislative language that will maintain the status quo is the bipartisan Stupak Amendment as passed by the House.

President Obama, on behalf of the 72% of Americans who do not want to pay for abortions, we urge you to take action to uphold the claim you made last year to “protect the consciences of taxpayers.” A successful bipartisan effort on health care must begin with the end in mind —that means jettisoning the issues like abortion funding that offend an overwhelming bipartisan American majority from the start.

We urge you to honor the national consensus against taxpayer funding of abortion on-demand.  Please stand true to your word and protect the consciences of the American taxpayers.


Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List

Tom McClusky
Sr. Vice President, Family Research Council Action

Tom Minnery
Senior Vice President, Government and Public Policy, Focus on the Family

David Bereit
National Director, 40 Days for Life

Brian Burch

Andy Blom
Executive Director, American Principles in Action

Gary Aldrich
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

Steven Ertelt
Editor and CEO,

Penny Pullen
President, Life Advocacy Resource Project

Dr. Pat McEwen
Director, Life Coalition International

Joseph A. Brinck
President, Sanctity of Life Foundation

Dr. Carl Herbster
President, AdvanceUSA

Dorothy Wallis
President, Caring to Love Ministries

Steven W. Mosher
President, Population Research Institute

Samuel E. Ericsson
President, Advocates International

Dana Cody, Esq.
President, Life Legal Defense Foundation

Kristan Hawkins
President, Students for Life of America

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
President, National Pro-life Religious Council

Georgette Forney
President, Anglicans for Life

David Ripley
President, Idaho Chooses Life

Christopher Bell
President, Good Counsel, Inc.

Gary L. Bauer
President, American Values

Rev. Paul Stallsworth
Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality—Lifewatch

Jo Tolck
Executive Director, Human Life Alliance

Penny Young Nance
CEO, Concerned Women for America

Dr. Charmaine Yoest
President, Americans United for Life

Joyce Zounis
Beyond The Bandaide Radio

Jim Hughes
National President, Campaign Life Coalition

Bradley Mattes
Executive Director, Life Issues Institute

J.C. Willke, M.D.
President, Life Issues Institute

Margaret H. Hartshorn, Ph.D.
President, Heartbeat International

Theresa Bonopartis
Director, Lumina/Hope Healing After Abortion

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