By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A new poll conducted in key congressional districts across the country found that an overwhelming number of constituents oppose abortion funding in health care, which puts politicians on notice that a “yes” vote now may mean a “no” vote in November.
The Susan B. Anthony List announced the results of a series of polls conducted in congressional districts by the polling company,inc/WomanTrend. The surveys asked registered voters about abortion funding and healthcare reform in the following members’ districts: Jason Altmire (PA-04), Paul Kanjorski (PA-11), Brad Ellsworth (IN-11), Baron Hill (IN-09), Steve Dreihaus (OH-01), Charlie Wilson (OH-06), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), and John Boccieri (OH-16).
At least two-thirds of voters in each of these districts opposed “using tax dollars to pay for abortions” and in all districts majorities “strongly opposed” it. In three districts opposition reached as high as 80 percent (Ohio-06, Ohio-16, and Indiana-08).
When asked if they were more or less likely to vote for a representative who voted “yes” on a healthcare reform package that included abortion funding, a majority of voters in seven of the eight districts said they were “less likely” or “much less likely” to do so.
“These pro-life Democratic representatives face a stark choice: either they are heroes in the face of tremendous pressure, or they are the ultimate betrayers,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
“In these districts, voters reflect national pro-life trends, and they expect their values to be translated into public policy. This intensity will translate on Election Day. That means pro-life members must vote no on the senate bill, or any bill that allows abortion funding under the guise of ‘healthcare.’ The Susan B. Anthony List will be there to back up pro-life members who maintain their principled stand. If they don’t, we will make sure the voters know before Election Day.”
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