INDIANA, October 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A billboard company in Indiana has refused to display advertisements created by the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List that expose Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly’s record on taxpayer funding of abortion.
“This continued assault on our free speech hits at the basic freedoms groups and individuals in this country enjoy to criticize their elected officials and to demand better representation,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The executive order used to secure the votes of the so-called ‘pro-life’ Democrats including Steve Driehaus and Joe Donnelly was meaningless – and they should know it.”
The billboard owners, Lamar Companies, cited an ongoing lawsuit between the SBA List and former Ohio Congressman Steve Driehaus as the reason it will not accept the billboards.
SBA List had previously approached Lamar Companies in 2010 to rent billboards that say, by voting for ObamaCare, Driehaus voted for taxpayer-funded abortion.
Driehaus, who calls himself a pro-life Democrat, filed a lawsuit alleging that the SBA List ads were false and cost him his job. His case, which accuses the pro-life group of a “loss of livelihood,” is ongoing.
Lamar Companies was subsequently threatened by a Driehaus attorney that it would be added to the lawsuit if it erected billboards commissioned by the SBA List.
Calling the refusal to display the billboards a “chilling” of free speech, the SBA List is pushing back.
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Representatives Driehaus and Donnelly were instrumental votes in passing ObamaCare, something for which SBA List is seeking to hold them accountable.
“As ObamaCare is gradually implemented, some former members of Congress are publicly lamenting their votes,” said Dannenfelser. “Bart Stupak and Kathy Dahlkemper, for example, have decried the fact that with the HHS mandate, President Obama violated the abortion funding ‘compromise’ they thought they had secured.”
“They realized much too late what those of us in the pro-life movement knew long ago: that ObamaCare was the largest expansion of abortion since Roe. Now, we are continuing to pay the price of speaking the truth.”