Congressman: Pro-Life Advocates Who Oppose Health Care Bill are "Political Terrorists"
by Steven Ertelt
August 12, 2009
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — An Indiana congressman has called pro-life advocates who oppose the pro-abortion health care bills pending in Congress, "political terrorists." Indiana Right to Life is calling on Democratic Rep. Baron Hill to apologize for his insensitive remarks.
A Washington Post report on Monday indicates Hill made his comments when defending his decision not to hold any town hall meetings open to his constituents to discuss the pending government-run health care bills.
"What I don’t want to do is create an opportunity for the people who are political terrorists to blow up the meeting and not try to answer thoughtful questions," Hill said.
Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter told LifeNews.com on Wednesday that it wants the ninth district congressman to apologize for referring to persons who oppose the controversial health care reform proposals as "political terrorists."
"Congressman Hill’s inflammatory rhetoric is an elitist insult to all of his constituents who thoughtfully and respectfully disagree with him and his party’s leadership on issues such as mandated abortion coverage in Democratic health care reform proposals," he said.
"This is America. People have a right to voice their opinions without being labeled political terrorists by their own congressman. Congressman Hill is elected to serve the people, not to determine which ones have a right to be heard," Fichter added.
The Indiana pro-life leader told LifeNews.com that Right to Life sent a formal request for an apology from Congressman Hill to his Washington office. He has yet to receive a reply.
The comments follow a request from pro-abortion President Barack Obama to become tattletales on groups and people who oppose the health care bill.
In a post titled "Facts Are Stubborn Things" that appeared on the White House web site, Obama’s staff asked for people to turn in anyone who says anything "fishy" about the pro-abortion health plan.
With the abortion funding and insurance mandates for abortion that are in the bill, and the Obama’s administration and pro-abortion groups insisting that pro-abortion components are not present, that could wind up at the top of the list.
"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end-of-life care," the White House says. "These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain e-mails or through casual conversation."
ACTION: Contact Rep. Baron Hillby going to https://forms.house.gov/baronhill/IMA/issue_subscribe.shtml or by calling his office at 202-225-5315
Related web sites:
Indiana Right to Life – https://www.protectinglife.com
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