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SBA List President Applauds House Approval of Pro-Life Pitts-Stupak Amendment to H.R. 3962, Warns Opponents that Votes Have Consequences

"Congress has sided with the resounding majority of citizens opposed to government funding of abortion." -- Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List 

Contact: Joy Yearout, Susan B. Anthony List, 703-380-6674, jyearout@sba-list.org 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /Christian Newswire/ -- Tonight the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Pitts-Stupak amendment to H.R. 3962, America's Healthy Future Act by a vote of  240 to 194, with 64 Democratic members voting in favor of the amendment.  Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following comments:

"Tonight the House of Representatives made a principled and politically sound decision to continue our nation's longstanding policy of protecting taxpayers' conscience in the area of abortion funding.   We urge the Senate to follow suit.  We will remain vigilant, and shift our efforts to the Senate to ensure that these same pro-life protections are added to the Senate bill.

"On behalf of the 280,000 members and activists of the Susan B. Anthony List who contacted Congress on this issue, I applaud all those who voted to honor the American legacy of protecting citizens' conscience from conscription into activity to which most are morally opposed. Congress has sided with the resounding majority of citizens opposed to government funding of abortion. Supporters of government-funded abortion will now have some explaining to do back home, before voters head to the ballot box in 2010.

"If there's one thing many members of Congress learned from Tuesday's elections, it's the danger of being out of step with your constituents.  Votes do have consequences, and the recent tensions over health care reform should drive that message home.  We will use every tool in our arsenal to ensure the folks back home know the truth about their legislator's record."

For the last several months, the Susan B. Anthony List has mobilized tens of thousands of pro-life Americans nationwide to urge Congress to exclude abortion from healthcare reform.  Already this year Susan B. Anthony List activists nationwide delivered over 408,703 letters to Congress urging an explicit exclusion of abortion funding from health care reform.

The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of Americans, over 167,000 residing in all 50 states, dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.