FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2011
CONTACT: Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or [email protected]
SENATE URGED TO ADVANCE HOUSE C.R. BILL DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD
SBA List: Ending Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood a ‘Non-Negotiable’ in CR Negotiations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the U.S. Senate expected to vote this afternoon on the House version of the Continuing Resolution (CR) defunding Planned Parenthood, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following comment:
“Americans reject the idea that, during a time of fiscal crisis, they would be forced into an alliance with sex traffickers and those who put the needs of women and young girls last. Today, the U.S. Senate has an opportunity to correct this injustice by voting to advance the House version of the Continuing Resolution that defunds Planned Parenthood. This is an opportunity for Senators to show their constituents where they stand on defunding Planned Parenthood and protecting women. Ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood is a non-negotiable. It must be a top priority in the Continuing Resolution battle.”
The SBA List is currently running a 13-day district “Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood” bus tour. The tour will make 11 stops, covering 13 districts across Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island and New Hampshire from Monday, March 7 to Thursday, March 10. There, SBA List staff and local pro-life leaders will join forces to rally grassroots support for Reps. Joe Walsh (IL-08), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Frank Guinta (NH-01), Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), Mike Kelly (PA-03), Patrick Meehan (PA-07) and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08). Other stops will target those who voted against defunding Planned Parenthood, including Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Bruce Braley (IA-01), David Cicilline (RI-01), Jason Altmire (PA-04), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Bill Owens (NY-23).
The tour is a part of a larger $200,000 grassroots campaign including radio and television ads thanking Members for their votes to defund Planned Parenthood. The ad campaign launched on Tuesday, March 1, with a four-day $75,000 television ad airing throughout NY-25 and the Syracuse-area thanking Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25). The same day, the SBA List commenced a series of one-week radio ads in the districts of Reps. Joe Walsh (IL-08), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Frank Guinta (NH-01), Patrick Meehan (PA-07), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and Allen West (FL-22) thanking them for their votes.
The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races including 62 wins and 28 losses. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill; increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent; filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four.
For further information, please contact Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or [email protected].
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