On Tuesday, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), an organization devoted to electing pro-life candidates to public office, announced the inception of a $150,000 television ad campaign that will be airing across Missouri. Its purpose? To expose President Barack Obama's purportedly "extreme record on abortion." To deliver its message, the organization shares the story of Melissa Ohden, a woman who survived a failed abortion attempt.
In a statement released about the television campaign, SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser made it clear that the purpose of the first video release is to add a human face to the abortion debate. Additionally, it very clearly serves to showcase, in the organization's view, how deeply anti-life Obama has been throughout his political career.
"President Obama’s appalling record on abortion is not just limited to his four votes to deny rights to abortion survivors but spans to his recent heartless refusal to support bans on sex-selection and late-term abortions," Dannenfelser says in the release. "These actions fly in the face of mainstream American views and run counter to the President’s first term pre-election talk of finding common ground."
In the video, Ohden describes her own, personal story surrounding abortion survival, highlighting how she was saved following a botched procedure. Additionally, she recaps some contentious facts about Obama's record on the matter. Here's a partial transcript:
"I was aborted, and my body discarded…like I didn’t exist.
But a nurse heard me crying…and cared enough to save my life.
There’s something else you may not know…when he was in the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic constitutional protections for babies born alive from a failed abortion. Not once, but four times.
I know that it is by the grace of God I am alive today…if only to ask America this question:
Is this the kind of leadership that will move us forward? Leadership that would discard the least and the weakest among us?"
Watch the ad, below:
This is the first video in a series that will take aim at Obama's allegedly "extremist record on abortion." SBA List may place similar ads in media markets in states like North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. The group has also launched a bus tour to speak out against Obama on his abortion stance. The five-state tour is called "Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care."