Washington, D.C. – This week the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List has expanded its efforts to mobilize tens of thousands of pro-life Americans in support of the pro-life Stupak-Pitts Language. The organization launched a campaign to mobilize 390,000 pro-life households nationwide through automated calls urging Americans to call their Senator in support of the pro-life Stupak language. Voters in key states will be given the option of live patch-through calls directly to their Senator’s office.
“In the debate over health care reform, there is just simply no room for compromise when human life is at stake. Either you fund abortion or you don’t,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Americans won’t settle for phony compromises and accounting gimmicks – they deserve authentic safeguards that will ensure not one dime of federal funds subsidizes abortion or health plans that cover abortion. The Senate should respect this status quo, precedent set under the Hyde Amendment. Now is not the time to cave into the increasing scare-tactics, threats and demands from the abortion lobby.”
The Senate version of health care reform legislation is expected to be unveiled this week. Last week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told Roll Call he expects language excluding abortion to be included in the Senate version of health care reform. Reid said, “I expect that the bill that will be brought to the floor will ensure that no federal funds are used for abortion and that the rights of providers, health care facilities, like Catholic hospitals, will be protected, so I believe we can work that out, and we will.”
“Senator Reid should remember the Nevadans who elected him to defend Life when he is crafting abortion language in the Senate health care reform bill,” said Dannenfelser. “Abortion is not health care, and Senator Reid’s constituents will not settle for anything less than an authentic abortion exclusion measure. The Senate has the opportunity to stop the greatest expansion of government-backed abortion since Roe v. Wade. Make no mistake – government-sponsored abortion coverage is a stark departure from our long tradition of limiting federal taxpayer-funds for abortion.”
As part of its Votes Have Consequences project, the Susan B. Anthony List has funded $130,000 in television (video), radio ads and educational phone calls across Nevada calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to defend Life in health care reform.
For the last several months, the Susan B. Anthony List has mobilized tens of thousands of pro-life Americans nationwide to urge Congress to exclude abortion from healthcare reform. Susan B. Anthony List activists have sent nearly 500,000 letters to Congress requesting an explicit exclusion of abortion from health care reform.
The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of Americans, over 167,000 residing in all 50 states, dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.
CONTACT: Joy Yearout (703) 380-6674 or jyearout [at] www.sbaprolife.org