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anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, the religious right’s answer to
the abortion rights group Emily’s List, has bought up time on Minnesota
Christian radio stations to run ads attacking Al Franken.
Interestingly, pro-life DFLer Rep. James Oberstar sits on the group’s advisory committee.
The ads say, in part:
In Minnesota, 39 innocent children are lost every day,
39 children every day. And what does comedian Al Franken want to do
about it? Nothing. Franken says he supports abortion on demand. It’s no
wonder radical pro-abortion groups have embraced Al Franken. They want
to overturn the ban on gruesome partial birth abortions, force you to
pay for abortions with your tax dollars, and allow young girls to get
abortions without their parents consent. Al Franken and his allies are
wrong. Call Al Franken right now at 612-344-2008 and tell him MN
deserves leaders we can trust to protect life. tell him every life
counts and this is no laughing matter.
“While Senate candidates like Al Franken in Minnesota and Kay Hagan
in North Carolina hide their extreme support for abortion on-demand
from the voters, we are there to expose it,” SBA List president
Marjorie Dannenfelser told the religious right website Lifesite.com. “American voters deserve to know the truth about who really is – and isn’t – on the side of unborn children.”
The group opposes any and all abortion, including those resulting from rape or incest. Like the name suggests, SBA List’s original focus
was on progressive pro-life candidates who opposed abortion, but
promoted social welfare policies that reduce the need for abortion.
In the late-1990s and early-2000s, the group underwent a
transformation as Republican insiders took over the group, aligning its
activities close to those of the religious right.
The group is also focusing three other states: Colorado, New Hampshire and New Mexico.