This article originally appeared online at ABC News on January 24, 2011.
Anti-Abortion Leader Urges Supporters: ‘It’s Time For Us To Flex’ Our Muscle
January 24, 2011
ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
A day before President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee dedicated to electing pro-life women to Congress, is pushing for an end to federal funding for abortion.
“It’s time for us to flex the muscle that we just flexed in this election, and do everything we can in this congress to protect those human lives,” Dannenfelser says in her first annual “State of the Unborn” address. “And, I’ll tell you, one thing that would be the most important thing you could do today, whether you’re at home or you’re marching wherever you are, is to contact your Member of Congress. Say ‘Please cosponsor and vote for the Chris Smith bill that would roll back all abortion funding throughout the entire federal government.’”
Dannenfelser’s speech, delivered via YouTube and released by Susan B. Anthony List on Monday, coincides with the March for Life, marking the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
The group’s campaign, backed by Rep. Michele Bachmann, to cut off abortion funding collected nearly 40,000 signatures.
“We’re not outlawing one abortion by insisting that we won’t be complicit in the death of even one child,” Dannenfelser said. “This, of course, is the promise that this president made when we were moving into the health care debate. So, tomorrow night, when he gives his State of the Union message, it should certainly include how he has or has not lived up to that promise.”
The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the midterms and plans to be a player in the 2012 elections as well. Rep. Mike Pence, a potential GOP presidential candidate, will keynote the group’s gala next month.