FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2014
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073
Billboards Reiterate Fact at the heart of SBA List’s Supreme Court Case
WASHINGTON, DC –Today the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) announced a multi-state billboard campaign exposing Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) for supporting taxpayer funded abortion by voting for the Affordable Care Act. The law, known as Obamacare, permitted direct payments for abortion under risk pools and other clauses and included elective abortion plans in tax-preferred state exchanges. The law’s Preventative Services Mandate forces employers to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and also includes a loophole allowing Congress and its staff to spent federal dollars on abortion-funding health care plans.
The fact on the billboard is also at the heart of the U.S. Supreme Court case Susan B. Anthony List v. Steven Driehaus. The case concerns the SBA List’s First Amendment challenge to Ohio’s “false statement” law. In 2010, the SBA List attempted to erect billboards with the same message to educate Driehaus’ constituents about his vote in support of taxpayer-funded abortion but was prevented from doing so because of the Ohio law. The SBA List was also threatened with prosecution if it engaged in similar speech about Driehaus or other candidates in Ohio.
“Senators Hagan, Landrieu and Pryor betrayed the unborn and their pro-life constituents by voting for Obamacare, which uses tax dollars to fund elective abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony List. “Research both from the Charlotte Lozier Institute and the Kaiser Foundation found that millions of women will gain elective abortion coverage under Obamacare through the Medicaid expansion and new federal premium subsidies.
“Since 2010, we have fought for our right to tell the truth about the abortion funding problems in Obamacare and expose the legislators who supported it. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider our right to do just that later this month. In the meantime, we cannot be silent. Our founders braved the threat of the gallows so that we would not have to fear speaking our true convictions.”
Since its passage, at least six bills have been introduced in Congress to address different aspects of the abortion-funding problem in Obamacare.
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 who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes 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.