Pro-Life Groups: Can’t Fix Abortion, Rationing in Health Care Bills, Must Oppose

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 13, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups: Can’t Fix Abortion, Rationing in Health Care Bills, Must Oppose

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 13
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Although some pro-life advocates are hoping that the abortion and rationing components of the Congressional health care bills can be fixed so the legislation can be salvaged, other groups say the legislation can’t be saved.

Increasingly, pro-life advocates are saying that the bills must be defeated outright because it is the only way of guaranteeing that the federal government doesn’t promote abortion and rationing on massive levels.

Catholic writer Deal Hudson writes in a new column today responding to the call from the nation’s Catholic bishops for amendments that would limit the abortion and rationing components.

"The protest against federally-funded abortion was loud and clear, but there was no examination of the tacit assumption that government-run healthcare is good idea from a Catholic perspective," he laments. "In fact, none of the public statements by the bishops regarding the healthcare bills even raise the question whether or not government healthcare comports with Catholic social teaching."

Hudson argues that pro-life advocates should oppose the bills outright because "the truly personal life of individuals and families should not be controlled by the state."

The bills can’t be improved to stop rationing because, "Rather than being directed by an individual’s decision-making, the government, with its own value system, will inevitably be rationing healthcare."

Hudson says there is an "inevitability of rationed healthcare" regardless of whether the bills can be fixed to accommodate pro-life concerns.

"The current healthcare legislation, in all five of the bills being considered, poses a clear and present danger to the conscience and religious liberty of every Catholic," he says.

Wendy Wright, the head of the pro-life women’s group Concerned Women for America is a protestant but she appears to share Hudson’s view that the bills must be defeated outright.

"As details about abortion funding, rationing of care, higher costs and less access to health care surface, Americans are expressing their distrust of a government-run system," she says. "The message is clear: We don’t trust Obama or Congress — especially with our health care."

Wright’s comments make it clear the decision to oppose the health care bills isn’t a top-down one made by Washington-based pro-life leaders.

"Concerned Women for America’s members are attending town halls nationwide. They are reporting huge crowds of people upset about the health care bill and peppering congressmen with questions on rationing, euthanasia, abortion and Medicare cut backs for seniors," she explains.

"These citizens are smart enough to know that the bill sets up a system whereby bureaucrats and government boards will determine what health care we can have," she says.

"And with the way this Congress and President have acted in the last few months, Americans are convinced that they cannot be trusted with our health care," Wright concludes.

Although pro-life groups oppose the bills as written, they are still planning to ask members of the House and Senate for more amendments to limit the pro-abortion and pro-rationing aspects of the measures.

However, the House and Senate have repeatedly defeated amendments in committee to do so.

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