Fake Pro-Life Abortion Bill Expected in Congress, Ups Planned Parenthood Funds
by Steven Ertelt
July 20, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A former leader for one of the nation’s largest pro-abortion groups and a congressman who abandoned his pro-life views to such a large extent that a pro-life group kicked him off its advisory board are introducing a new bill that will be touted as pro-life legislation.
However, the Reducing the Need for Abortions Initiative, expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives this week, is a bailout for the abortion industry.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who is a former NARAL staffer, and Rep. Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat whom Democrats for Life of America recently kicked off its board, are behind the bill.
The legislation is nothing new as Ryan and DeLauro took a Democrats for Life initiative and changed it so much that it sent millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.
The bill is strong on rhetoric, but its particulars are so bad that Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who heads the pro-life caucus of lawmakers in the House, told the Copely News Service in 2006 that the measure would "lead to more abortions, not less" and said pro-life lawmakers won’t support it.
He found it hypocritical that federal funds would go to abortion centers where "in one room, they talk contraception, and in the other room, they kill your baby.
Rep. James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat who is the co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus and the kind of moderate lawmaker the measure is designed to appeal to, wouldn’t support it either.
Ryan also told Copely at the time that he asked several major pro-life groups to join him in supporting the bill, but none would take the bait because of the money dedicated to Planned Parenthood.
The bill appears to be designed to provide abortion advocates and President Barack Obama cover for his extensive pro-abortion record.
Two leaders of a pro-Obama Catholic group derided as fake have already touted the bill in the pages of the Washington Post.
"President Obama has emphasized respectful dialogue and supports efforts to help women avoid the tragedy of abortion," the heads of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good said. Appearing to acknowledge that it may not result in implementing its intent, they said "the goal" of the bill is reducing the number of abortions.
Jack Smith, a pro-life writer at the Catholic Key blog commented on the coming legislation and its fake pro-life status.
"The Ryan-DeLauro Bill looks to be presented as the President’s much vaunted ‘common ground’ approach to reducing abortion – appealing to both pro-life and pro-choice leaders," he writes. "Problem is, it is sponsored by two pro-choice legislators."
"This Ryan-DeLauro bill is meant to derail any truly common ground approach to aid women in crisis pregnancies and their families. In its previous incarnations the bill is top heavy with hundreds of millions for Planned Parenthood and light on actual support for women," Smith continues. "Its unveiling this week will reveal whether it gives more to Planned Parenthood and abortion providers than before."
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