Friday November 5, 2010
SBA List Challenges New Pro-Life Lawmakers with ‘Stop Abortion Funding’ Campaign
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the dust settles on the 2010 midterm elections, those pro-life lobby groups that helped win significant pro-life gains in Congress are already gearing up to ensure that the fresh victories are converted into action on behalf of unborn Americans.
One of those groups, the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, on Thursday announced the launch of its “Stop Abortion Funding” campaign, aimed at ending all federal funding of abortion in the upcoming 112th Congress. The campaign includes a website designed to help pro-life activists lobby Congress to defend the defenseless by defunding abortion.
“Now is the time to translate Tuesday’s pro-life electoral gains into pro-life legislative victories,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
Dannenfelser said that on Tuesday a large number of those who voted for the abortion-funding health care law “learned the consequences of their vote,” and have been replaced “by authentic pro-life voices supported by a strongly pro-life GOP leadership.”
“The GOP leadership understands the urgency of addressing the tragedy of nearly 4,000 abortions a day and has pledged to defund abortion in its ‘Pledge to America,’” said Dannenfelser. “Now is the time to make good on that Pledge to restore moral and fiscal responsibility in Washington. Congress must start by ending federal funding of abortion both here and abroad.”
Dannenfelser said that SBA List’s petition and outreach efforts will include mobilization of its 280,000-member-strong grassroots network to encourage Members to pass pro-life legislation and stop pro-abortion legislation in the 112th Congress.
To accomplish this, the SBA List will urge Members of Congress to pass two priority pieces of pro-life legislation. The first bill is the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), which will create a government-wide statutory prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion, which would repeal abortion funding in Obamacare. The second bill is the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), which would ensure that tax dollars are not sent to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood under Title X family planning funds.
“With the majority of Americans labeling themselves pro-life and an even stronger majority agreeing that tax dollars should not fund abortion, the consensus for passage of pro-life legislation could not be stronger,” Dannenfelser said. “The Stop Abortion Funding campaign will echo the message sent from the ballot box that Americans are ready to pass life-saving laws.”