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Laws Save Lives: Obama Proposal to Weaken Existing Law Will Result in More Lives Lost to Abortion

by Staff
June 30, 2009
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WASHINGTON, ( -- Today Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser joined the House Pro-Life Women's Caucus to urge Congress to retain the Dornan Amendment, which prevents the use of federal taxpayer funds for abortion in the District of Columbia. President Obama has proposed weakening the language to allow taxpayer-funded abortions for the first time since 1996.

"The Dornan Amendment is commonsense policy that should be retained by Congress. Women facing unplanned pregnancies deserve woman-centered solutions to help both mother and child, not abortion on-demand, which pits mother against child in the most tragic of circumstances. Common sense dictates one truism: we won't find reductions in abortion as long as we continue to subsidize and promote it at taxpayers' expense. The Obama administration's promise to find ways to reduce abortion numbers rings hollow in such an environment. Our country is facing an acute economic crisis. Public support for legal abortion is on sharp decline. It's clear that expanding taxpayer funding for abortion in our nation's capital should be the last item on Congress' agenda. I join with the women of the House Pro-Life Women's Caucus to urge Congress to honor the women of the District of Columbia by preserving the Dornan Amendment."

President Obama's budget recommendations to Congress call for the weakening of the Dornan Amendment, a longstanding law that has prevented taxpayer-funded abortion in the District of Columbia. The Constitution grants Congress the authority annually appropriate the entire budget for the District of Columbia. Joining Dannenfelser at today's press conference on the U.S. Capitol grounds were: Chairwoman of the Pro-Life Women's Caucus Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Rep. Mary Fallin (R- OK).

Susan B. Anthony List activists have also sent over 230,000 letters urging Congress to keep taxpayer funds from supporting abortion on-demand in 2009, 30,000 of which urge preservation of the Dornan Amendment

The latest polling data from the Gallup's Annual Values and Beliefs Survey found that a majority of Americans have identify themselves as 'pro-life' for first time since 1995. 51% of respondents identified as 'pro-life' while only 42% identified as 'pro-choice.' This followed a national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found overall support for abortion down by double- digits since August of 2008.

The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of Americans, over 158,000 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.

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