Abortion Ad Battle

Advocates and opponents of abortion have launched a wave of dueling political advertisements over the Bush administration’s regulations separating abortion from the nation’s Title X family-planning program, upheld by the Supreme Court last May. According to president Faye Wattleton, Planned Parenthood will be spending between $3 million and $5 million for print, television, and radio ads urging Congress to overturn the regulations, which prohibit any federal money from going to family-planning clinics that counsel or refer clients for abortion.

A broad-based prolife coalition is countering with its own effort based on the theme that “abortion is not a method of family planning.” The coalition, already comprising 17 prolife groups, will spend at least $1 million to produce print and radio spots they hope will dispel the “disinformation abortion advocates are putting forward” on the issue.

Dueling lobbying efforts have also been taking place. Last month the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights sponsored a “Direct Action Day” on Capitol Hill, urging members of Congress to vote against the regulations. Meanwhile, supporters of Focus on the Family and Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition have been tying up phone lines at the White House and the Capitol urging that the rules be retained.

Number-Three Dem Is Prolife

House Democrats last month overwhelmingly elected prolife Rep. David Bonior of Michigan to the number-three slot in the Democratic Caucus (majority whip). Despite the party’s firm platform support for “reproductive rights,” Bonior has accumulated a solid prolife voting record during his 14 years in the House. “If I am called ...

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