Senate Committee Adopts Health Care Reform Bill That Funds, Promotes Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
July 15, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Senate committee today adopted a health care restructuring bill that is everything pro-life advocacy groups fear — because it will lead to abortion funding and coverage. The Senate HELP Committee, on a partisan 13-10 vote, cleared the health care reform bill for further consideration.
The panel’s vote to adopt the contentious measure came after all of the committee’s Democrats, minus Sen. Bob Casey, defeated four separate amendments to make the bill abortion neutral.
Despite his support for the pro-life amendments to stop abortion coverage and to protect the conscience rights of health care workers who don’t want to be involved in abortions, Casey voted today for the legislation.
Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, which has led the fight against Sen. Ted Kennedy’s bill, talked with LifeNews.com about the HELP Committee’s vote.
"Senator Kennedy’s bill, which all 13 committee Democrats voted for, would result in the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade," he said.
"It contains provisions under which virtually every insurance plan would be required to cover elective abortion, every local health network would be required to recruit abortionists, and many state abortion laws could be overridden," Johnson said. "The bill also would result in taxpayer funding of abortion on demand."
Johnson said the Kennedy bill in the Senate is not the only measure that is a current crucible for the pro-life community.
"The same statements are true of the similar bill proposed by the House Democratic leadership, H.R. 3200," he told LifeNews.com.
Johnson is calling on every pro-life person to immediately call their members of the House and Senate and to oppose any health care bill that does not specifically exclude abortion funding and coverage. He says time is of the essence.
"The House Democratic leadership says that it intends to have these bills on the floor of the Senate and the House, respectively, during the last week in July, and President Obama is personally pushing hard for quick approval," he said.
"The pro-life movement needs to go to Condition-Red on these bills, which pose a grave and immediate threat to the pro-life cause," he added.
ACTION: Please call your members of the House and Senate immediately at 202-224-3121 and urge them to vote against any health care bill that doesn’t exclude abortion. You can find specific contact info at https://www.Senate.gov and https://www.House.gov or click here for NRLC’s action alert page.
Related web sites:
National Right to Life – https://www.nrlc.org
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