Interview: Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B Anthony’s List, on ObamaCare and Blue Dogs
posted at 11:36 am on March 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
Earlier this morning, I interviewed Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B Anthony’s List, a pro-life advocacy group that has actively opposed the ObamaCare initiative since it began last summer. Last week, they began polling constituents in the districts of proclaimed pro-life Democrats in Congress to determine their position on federal funding of abortions, and made a significant if not terribly surprising discovery:
At least three-in-five voters in these eight congressional districts agreed that “Abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation.” Additionally, more than 70% of voters agreed in four of the districts surveyed (Ohio-06, Ohio-16, Indiana-08, and Indiana-09).
At least two-thirds of voters in each Congressional District opposed “using tax dollars to pay for abortions” and in all districts majorities “strongly opposed.” Furthermore, in three districts opposition reached 80% (Ohio-06, Ohio-16, and Indiana-08).
As these Democrats consider passing the Senate version of ObamaCare, which sets up a potential mandate for federal funding in its legislative language, Susan B Anthony’s List wants to campaign for both education and action on ObamaCare in these districts — and possibly more, as new polling gets conducted in as many as 20 districts. I asked Marjorie about this new campaign and about ObamaCare’s impact on pro-life advocacy in our interview today: