Florida Pro-Life Campaign Calls State Legislature Opponents Extremists

Pro-life PAC hits Abrams, Warnock in $1 million ad campaign as ‘too extreme on abortion’ This is an archived story that was published on 2012-04-10. Please note-this story contains language that may be construed…

Florida Pro-Life Campaign Calls State Legislature Opponents Extremists

Pro-life PAC hits Abrams, Warnock in $1 million ad campaign as ‘too extreme on abortion’

This is an archived story that was published on 2012-04-10. Please note-this story contains language that may be construed as a form of support for the anti-abortion group Guttmacher Institute

Pro-life advocates are hammering state lawmakers who are on the verge of passing a budget that would fund a health care program for babies born alive after an abortion, calling their opponents extreme extremists who want to ban abortion altogether.

A new television ad campaign launched last week accuses state budget opponents of trying to ban women from access to abortion in the state and to protect life beyond the womb while ignoring the financial costs to taxpayers of funding a program that would save children born alive after an abortion.

While both Democrats in the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott have said they support the “born alive” program, they are at odds over its funding.

In the ad, a pro-life voice says, “This is the pro-abortion extremist group that wants to ban this life-saving program.

“Now, we know that this extreme group has a lot of money. So are you with us or against us?”

The ad, made by the Florida Family Action, calls upon citizens to contact Scott and his allies in the Legislature and tell them that this is not the direction they want to go as they try to pass a budget by April 28.

“This is the pro-abortion extremist group that wants to ban this life-saving program.

“Now, we know that this extreme group has a lot of money. So are you with us or against us?”

The state’s largest pro-life organization was quick to pounce on what the Family Action was doing with its campaign.

“We would like to know why the same pro-abortion extremist group who opposed taxpayer funding of a safe and legal abortion facility would oppose taxpayer funding of a program that is designed to actually save lives?” said Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.

On Monday, Scott spokeswoman Sarah Shepperd replied that the budget that the governor is trying to put together would include funding for the “born alive” program once it is in place, but that the governor has not seen any indication that the group will be in Florida to oppose the budget

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