Read my previous post, “Targeted pro-life Obamacare Democrats: “Nowhere to go for help,” for backdrop.
Pro-life groups have been targeting several self-identified pro-life Democrats who nonetheless voted for Obamacare, which allows taxpayer funding of abortions.
And 2 are fighting back. On October 5 OH Rep. Steve Driehaus filed a complaint with the OH Election Commission to block this billboard the Susan B. Anthony List planned to erect several places in his district this week. Click to enlarge:
According to Politico the OEC will rule on October 14 “whether the health care reform bill allows taxpayer funding of abortion,” which should be interesting.
Not that it really matters, because, according to Politico, “the commission doesn’t have the power to order the billboards taken down.” Reported NewAmerican.com, however, “Lamar Advertising, hired to erect them, has agreed to wait for the commission’s ruling before proceeding.”
An October 3 poll showed Driehaus losing by 12 points (53% to 41%) to the guy from whom he snatched the seat in 2008, pro-life Republican hero Steve Chabot, House sponsor of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, attorneys for PA Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (pictured on right in photo with Driehaus, left, and Congressman Bart Stupak, middle, announcing their support of Obamacare) wrote letters to 4 radio stations requesting they pull ads by Americans United for Life that state her vote for Obamacare helped lead to “the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortions ever.” Read entire script here. The ad is currently running on 5 stations in Dahlkemper’s district.
An October 7 poll showed Dahlkemper trailing Republican challenger Mike Kelly by 13 points, 49% to 36% – with 15% undecided.
According to Politico just a few minutes ago, Driehaus and Dahlkemper are among 12 incumbent Democrats The Cook Report has moved from the “Toss Up” category to “Lean Republican.” Cook stated it “rarely” moves incumbents like this but:
It’s not that these endangered members’ prospects have suddenly taken a turn for the worse, or even deteriorated gradually over the last several months. Most of these members have trailed all year, and it’s simply exceedingly rare to see a candidate in their position in October come back to win reelection, especially now that early voting will be underway in many states very soon.
And hey, guess what? Alan Grayson is on that list, too.
About the dispute over abortion in Obamacare, SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser issued this statement:
It is a fact that Steve Driehaus has voted for a bill that includes taxpayer funding of abortion. His own affidavit refers to an Executive order which purports to undo the harms of the actual bill for which he voted. The bill retains the language which Rep. Bart Stupak referred to as an “accounting gimmick” that allows for federal dollars to go to insurance plans that cover abortion.
AUL noted that the Congressional Research Service agrees taxpayer funded abortion coverage is included in Obamacare.
[Photo via Christian Science Monitor]