$100K Defund Planned Parenthood Radio Campaign Blankets D.C. Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2011

$100K DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD RADIO CAMPAIGN BLANKETS D.C. AREA

D.C. Area Radio Ads Featuring Former Abortion Clinic Manager Reveal Planned Parenthood’s Abortion-Centered Business Model

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) announced the launch of a $100,000 radio ad campaign in Washington, D.C. featuring former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director Abby Johnson exposing the true corporate realities behind Planned Parenthood’s business model, one which requires an “abortion quota” to increase revenue.  The ad, which starts Tuesday, March 29 and will run through Thursday, April 7 hits D.C. airwaves on WTOP-AM and WMAL-AM as Congress comes under increasing pressure to strip Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding in the Continuing Resolution.

“There is no better testament to why Planned Parenthood must be defunded than the account of a former insider whose life work is to serve women and saw first-hand how it exploits them,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.  “She found out the hard way that Planned Parenthood hides its true mission and deceives the public about its health services.  If this Congress cannot find the moral courage to relieve taxpayers of the burden this scandal-plagued organization places upon them, it is not serious about budget reform.”

The Abby Johnson ad can be heard here.  The partial script reads:

Abby: There are myths about Planned Parenthood that are spread wildly and one of those is that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms…but Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms at any of their clinics.

Announcer:  Abby Johnson tells the truth about Planned Parenthood.

Abby: Well, the bottom line about Planned Parenthood is that it’s about all the numbers….there is an abortion quota.

You do have to perform so many abortions on women every month, and that is how they come up with their budget.

And I know this is true because I worked there for 8 years.

98 percent of Planned Parenthood services to pregnant women are abortion services.

There is only money for Planned Parenthood in abortion services.

The ad campaign comes on the heels of a 13-district “Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood” bus tour from March 7-11 which mobilized pro-life activists across Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  There SBA List, Live Action and local pro-life leaders held conferences thanking Members who voted for the Pence amendment to defund Planned Parenthood of all government funds in the Continuing Resolution(CR) through September and targeted those who voted against the measure.  The tour was part of a larger $200,000 grassroots campaign including radio and television ads thanking Members for their votes to defund Planned Parenthood. 

The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races including 62 wins and 28 losses. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill; increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent; filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four. 

For further information, please contact Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or kbrown@sba-list.org.

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