This morning in Politico, Alex Isenstadt reports on the blossoming campaign on behalf of pro-life groups, including the Susan B. Anthony List, to expose the pro-abortion healthcare vote cast by members of the Stupak bloc leading up to elections in November.
Four separate campaigns are in the works, aimed at anti-abortion House Democrats who voted for the health care bill and designed around the notion that those Democrats signed on to legislation that lacked restrictions ensuring that federal funds would not be spent to provide coverage for abortions.
Some of the targeted members — largely, though not exclusively, vulnerable and junior Democrats — voted for the bill after Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) cut a deal with the White House that President Barack Obama would sign an executive order ensuring that the bill would not provide such funding.
the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that aims to elect female candidates who oppose abortion, will soon launch a $1 million campaign targeting five House Democrats that will be spent on TV, radio and an on-the-ground informational effort.
“It will be very, very hard for them to present themselves as pro-life Democrats. It will be difficult for them to say that with a straight face because of the counter-messaging that will be going on in their races,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. “It was very clear that we had to respond decisively to the sellout on behalf of these pro-life Democrats — and we are.”