Anti-abortion group targets 12 Democrats

The anti-abortion group Americans United for Life announced Tuesday that it is spending $600,000 to target 12 Democrats in battleground districts in the closing weeks before the mid-term elections.

AUL Action, AUL's legislative action arm, has launched a "Life Counts" campaign combining online grassroots organizing, a radio ad campaign and email blasts to 12 districts. The campaign targets Democrats who voted for the health reform bill, which AUL believes allows taxpayer-funded abortions because it provides subsidies for the purchase of health plans that offer the procedure even if the subsidies can't be used to buy the abortion coverage itself.

"Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion," AUL Action President and CEO Charmaine Yoest said in a statement Tuesday. "Candidates who supported the largest expansion of federal funding of abortion ever are going to find out that in this election, Life Counts."

Ads began airing in six Democratic-held districts on Monday. The targets: Reps. Paul Kanjorski (Pa.), Alan Grayson (Fla.), Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.), John Salazar (Col.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.). The ads also target Arkansas state Sen. Joyce Elliott, who is running to take over the seat being vacated by Rep. Vic Snyder.

AUL Action started airing ads in six other districts last month. The targets: Reps. Baron Hill (Ind.), Chris Carney (Pa.), John Boccieri (Ohio), Tom Perriello (Va.), John Spratt (S.C.) and Bob Etheridge (N.C.).