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Coat Hangers and 'Common Ground' Double Talk

by Staff
December 4, 2009
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WASHINGTON, ( -- Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser published a commentary this week at that examines how the radical feminist lobby is attempting to bully the pro-life members of the House and Senate to reject authentic, pro-life Stupak language in the health care bill. Selected excerpts follow:

"If there were a Political Olympics, the messaging gold medal would go to President Obama, with a silver awarded to Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Since even before his inauguration, President Obama overlaid his daily march to implement strident abortion policy with a palatable 'need for common ground' theme.

"The 'common ground' talk continues today -- he repeats the incantation while insisting taxpayers subsidize and directly fund almost every abortion at any stage of gestation that occurs in our nation. The 'common ground' here could only exist within various strains of the abortion rights movement -- compulsory versus voluntary pro-abortion camps?

"Senators must choose: for the coat-hanger crowd backed up with a powerful, monied abortion lobby or for the vast majority of Americans who do not want to be complicit and a decision-maker via funding for other people's abortions. There is no question that 'common ground' for Durbin, Obama and the Democratic leadership means generous, opaque language to allow abortion funding.

"The abortion activists lobbying today are demanding an extreme shift in abortion policy. They are emboldened to overreach common ground by an ideologically committed White House and Congress completely out of step with voters."

The Stupak-Pitts amendment was a bipartisan effort in the House of Representatives by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) to eliminate taxpayer funded abortion, as well as funding for health care plans that provide abortion, from health care reform legislation. The amendment won by a vote of 240 to 194, with 64 Democratic members voting in favor. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser called the vote a "principled and politically sound decision to continue our nation's longstanding policy of protecting taxpayers' conscience in the area of abortion funding," and furthermore urged the Senate to follow suit.

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser is available to discuss the abortion mandate in health care reform, pro-woman, pro-life leadership in politics, and the abortion policy changes of the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Joy Yearout at (703) 380-6674 or by email at

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.

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