FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 703-380-6674
President Tramples Religious Liberty with HHS Mandate Abortion-Inducing Drugs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) condemned President Obama’s false statements on Planned Parenthood and contraception during the debate at Hofstra University. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following comments:
“President Obama needs to get the facts straight – he touts Planned Parenthood as a leading health care provider but in truth it is America’s largest abortion business – and does not perform mammograms. This oft-repeated myth has been repeatedly debunked and it’s time the President stop misleading the American people in an effort to buoy his top political ally.
“The President’s policies on abortion – including his administration’s HHS mandate which forces religious employers to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs against their deeply held faith and beliefs – fly in the face of mainstream Americans. President Obama is trampling religious freedom and the rights of conscience in the name of so-called women’s health care – abortion-inducing drugs are not health care.”
The myth that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms has been repeatedly debunked, most recently by Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom who pointed out that according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, no Planned Parenthood clinic in the country is authorized to perform mammograms under the federal Mammogram Quality Standards Act.
President Obama’s positions on abortion are out of step with mainstream Americans. Polling released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of the SBA List, found that 77 percent of Americans (80 percent of women) support banning sex-selective abortion. Similarly, a recent poll commissioned by the National Right to Life Committee found that 63 percent of Americans (70 percent of women) support legislation to ban abortions past the point at which unborn children feel pain. President Obama has refused to support either measure.
The Susan B. Anthony List, and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates that will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.