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Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.

Stopping the 'ram'

As conservative political advocacy groups reacted to congressional Democrats' plans to pass health care legislation, they often sounded the same complaints offered up by Republican leaders. Their common refrain was that the Democrats were attempting "to ram" their bill through Congress by employing "reconciliation," a rarely used Senate procedure that allows a filibuster-proof majority vote.

But conservatives were opposed to more than just parliamentary maneuvering. Issue number one is still abortion funding.

Tom McClusky of Family Research Council said that the President could have made a stronger effort toward bipartisanship by ensuring that government would not fund abortion. Rod Parsley called Obama's lack of explicit language barring the funding of abortion an "act of cowardice." Jay Sekulow of the Americans Center for Law and Justice said President Obama's proposal is "a flawed, pro-abortion health care plan—something that most Americans don't want and don't deserve."

The Susan B. Anthony List released a poll of voters in eight congressional districts represented by anti-abortion Democrats. "In each district, voters were more apt to reject, rather than embrace, a candidate who 'votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion,'" the group said. "In fact, majorities of voters in seven of the eight districts said they would be less likely to support a candidate knowing he or she cast a vote for this type of legislation."

Doug Carlson of the the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) said abortion funding is just one ...

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