Senate Panel Votes on Pro-Abortion HHS Secretary Tom Daschle Thursday
by Steven Ertelt
January 6, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Members of Congress will cast their first vote related to incoming president Barack Obama’s pro-abortion agenda on Thursday. A Senate committee will vote on confirming pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle as Obama’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
As the health secretary, Daschle will likely play a role in shaping Obama’s health care plan, which could possibly include abortion coverage or mandating that hospitals or insurance companies cover abortions.
Daschle would also be in a key position to rescind the protections the Bush administration put in place for pro-life doctors and medical centers. They provide better enforcement of existing federal laws protecting medical professionals form being pressured to do abortions.
Thursday, the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee is scheduled to take up the nomination on Thursday and pro-life groups are calling on pro-life advocates to ask members of the panel to vote against him.
"Citizens who care about family values should be concerned about Daschle’s nomination," Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said. "Constituents should make their opposition heard on this nominee."
The committee is expected to sign off on Daschle’s nomination if only because Democrats control the panel and none of the Democrats on it are pro-life. Ironically, Obama had served on the committee and Senate Democrats rejected his replacement on Tuesday.
Daschle has a long pro-abortion voting record as a member of Congress.
In March 2003, Daschle voted for a Senate resolution endorsing Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy and ushered in an era of nearly 50 million abortions.
While Daschle voted for the national partial-birth abortion ban that the Supreme Court eventually upheld, he cast two votes on pro-abortion measures that would have weakened it to the point of being ineffective.
Daschle also supported making taxpayers fund abortions in a variety of circumstances, including funding groups that promote and perform abortions overseas and the performance of abortions at military base hospitals.
He also voted for an alternative to the Unborn Victims Bill, the measure that provides protection and justice for women and children like Laci and Conner Peterson who are victims of violence, that would have been far weaker.
The measure Daschle backed would deny that the baby had suffered any injuries or death in such an attack.
Daschle’s record was so poor that the National Right to Life Committee gave him only a 27 percent pro-life voting record from 2003-2004, a 0 percent record in 2001-2002, an 11 percent record in 1999-2000, and a 20 percent record from 1997-1998.
ACTION: See a list of the members of the Senate HELP committee at https://help.senate.gov/./About.html and contact them to urge strong opposition to Daschle’s nomination.
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