Senator Bob Casey is in the Pro-Life Catholic "Line of Fire"
The Susan B. Anthony List is going up on the air in Pennsylvania today and according to the group it is a, “$40,000 TV ad buy urging Sen. Casey to oppose the Senate health care bill. This is a substantial buy in the Scranton (Casey’s hometown) and Erie markets. Depending on the Senate schedule, we may re-up the ads through next week."
This spot is powerful. Some will say it's true. Others will call it over the top. The ad pits Senator Casey against the words of his late father who was a staunch pro-life Democrat. The line that grabbed me was this one:
"Senator Casey, trading the lives of unborn children for a health care bill is inconsistent with our American character."
Oy-vey. That's direct.
If Casey and Ben Nelson stick together on demanding strict abortion language they could sink the healthcare reform bill. More likely is that some sort of compromise will be worked out but you can bet it probably won't be strong enough for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Watch below. The full transcription is below the ad:
Susan B. Anthony Ad on Senator Bob Casey and abortion:
In a landmark speech, the late Governor Robert Casey, Senior said “Nothing could be more foreign to the American experience than legalized abortion. It is inconsistent with our national character, with our national purpose, with all that we’ve done, and with everything we hope to be.”
But right now, Robert Casey, Junior is poised to vote in the Senate for a health care bill with federal funding for abortion. The bill will result in more abortions—abortions that Americans will be required to finance. Senator Casey, trading the lives of unborn children for a health care bill is inconsistent with our American character.
“The abortion debate is not about how we shall live, but who shall live. And more than that, it’s about who we are.” Contact Bob Casey, Junior today and tell him to vote NO on any health care bill that funds abortion. Paid for by Susan B. Anthony List, Inc.