Monday, October 18, 2010

Steve Driehaus Voted to Fund Abortion When He Voted for ObamaCare

I know it. You know it. The pro-life groups know it. The pro-abortion groups know it. The Bishops know it. President Obama knows it. Hell, even Steve Driehaus knows it.

But that hasn't stopped him from trying to shut down the Susan B. Anthony List by filing a criminal complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission for making "a false statement concerning the voting record of a candidate or public official" against the pro-life group who works to elect pro-life candidates and defeat abortion-funding ones like Driehaus.

Hey, Congressman, did you read what I just wrote? Bring it!

The truth hurts, don't it Congressman? You know what else the truth does? It serves as a defense against claims of defamation and making "a false statement concerning the voting record of a candidate or public official".

You did it. You know you did it. So, why don't you just own up to it?

By the way, no way does this statute pass constitutional muster, certainly not as applied in this particular situation. A conviction of the Susan B. Anthony List, or anyone else, under these circumstances, would be overturned on appeal. And, if it came to it, by a 9-0 decision of the Supreme Court. Even the liberal Justices would scoff at this.

See also InsideCatholic for "Why It's Absurd to Deny Obama's Healthcare Bill Contains Abortion Funding":
With the decision of the Ohio Elections Commission to allow a hearing to decide whether the Susan B. Anthony List has falsely represented the voting record of Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH), the question is again raised: Was abortion funding authorized by the health care legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama?

The complaint arose from the SBA List's use of billboards declaring that Representative Driehaus of Ohio's 1st Congressional District had voted for taxpayer-funded abortions by voting for the health care bill. If Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA, is found guilty, she could go to jail. Supporting Driehaus's effort to imprison Dannenfelser are James Salt, policy director of Catholics United, and Kristen Day, president of Democrats for Life of America.

Driehaus, by the way, had made essentially the same characterization of the health care legislation as made by Dannenfelser. On March 19, Driehaus was an original co-sponsor of H. Con. Res. 254, an "enrollment correction," introduced by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI). That resolution would have removed abortion funding from the Senate version of the health care bill.

The language of the final health care bill -- "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (PPACA) -- had not changed when both Stupak and Driehaus voted for it and Obama signed it into law. Now, Driehaus is trying to send Marjorie Dannenfelser to jail for precisely the same view of the health care bill as expressed in his support for H. Con. Res 254 -- that it authorizes federal tax dollars to be spent on abortion.

Three members of the Ohio Elections Commission voted 2-1 to find "probable cause" to send the Driehaus complaint to a full hearing of the seven commissioners. The date has not yet been set.

The evidence supporting the SBA List is undeniable. In addition to the witness of Driehaus himself (and Stupak), there are the multiple provisions of the legislation itself that authorize the funding of abortions. The best summary is found in the affidavit submitted for last week's meeting of the Ohio Elections Commission by Douglas Johnson, legislative director of National Right to Life.


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