Rep. Bustos Attempts to Conceal Extreme Pro-Abortion Record

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Wall Street Journal: EMILY’s List Candidates Strategically Avoid Abortion 

Washington, D.C. This morning, the national pro-life Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund blasted Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) for concealing her support for abortion on-demand up until the moment of birth. Last summer, Bustos voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill to stop late abortion after 5 months, more than halfway through pregnancy. The Wall Street Journal has reported that, nationwide, candidates endorsed by the pro-abortion EMILY’s List are avoiding the issue of abortion this election cycle. Yesterday, the New York Times also reported that the abortion lobby is purposefully changing its messaging to avoid the subject of abortion and “shunning” the term “pro-choice.”

When asked by the Sauk Valley News, Rep. Bustos previously refused to explain her position on taxpayer funding for abortion, parental notification laws, and third-trimester abortions.

“According to the Lozier Institute, the U.S. is one of only seven countries to allow brutal abortion after 5 months – a distinction we share with China and North Korea. Cheri Bustos wants it to stay that way,” said SBA List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Last year, Congresswoman Bustos was part of the extreme minority to vote against a modest, compassionate measure to protect babies after 5 months – when science shows the child feels excruciating pain. Bustos’ views have earned her the endorsement of EMILY’s List and the support of America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, but what about Illinois voters? Her silence on this issue is evidence that she is aware her fringe position drives away her constituents.”

The SBA List Candidate Fund previously endorsed Bustos’ opponent, Bobby Schilling, in March 2014.

The Susan B. Anthony List and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women at all levels of government.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.


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