Catholics United Condemns National Republican Congressional Committee's Effort to Defeat Pro-Life House Democrats

Posted April 19, 2010

NRCC shamelessly uses abortion issue to mislead voters

The social justice group Catholics United is denouncing a new Web site sponsored by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) aimed at defeating 15 House Democrats who voted for final passage of the health care reform bill. The Web site falsely claims that the new health care law funds abortion and suggests that Congressman Bart Stupak (MI-01), the leader of the Democratic pro-life caucus, sold out his principles by voting for health care reform.

Readers of the site are asked to sign a petition that reads, "Tell the Stupak Sellouts that the federal funding of abortion is wrong." This generalized statement is not supported with any corroborating evidence and suggests that the true intention of the NRCC is to use the life issue for political gain. Multiple news outlets and policy experts have verified that that the new health care reform law does not include federal funding of elective abortion.

"The Republican Party has once again demonstrated that it is more concerned with using the abortion issue for its partisan interests than it is in having a serious conversation about what constitutes a culture of life," said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. "Members of Congress who voted for health care reform should be commended for expanding affordable health care to 32 million uninsured Americans and providing vulnerable pregnant women with additional support, all while maintaining the existing ban on federal funding of abortion."

In the lead-up to the final health care vote, Catholics United ran "Health care reform is pro-life" ads in 5 congressional districts whose representative is now being targeted by NRCC,. These representatives are Chris Carney (PA-10), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3), Joe Donnelly (IN-2), Steve Driehaus (OH-1) and Tom Perriello (VA-5). After the vote, Catholics United ran "Thank you" ads for two of the members of Congress who voted for health care reform and are now NRCC targets. These representatives are Chris Carney (PA-10) and Tom Perriello (VA-5).