Pro-Life Group Pans Baucus Bill, Launches New Ad on Abortion and Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
October 12, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The national pro-life group Americans United for Life is panning the passage of the Baucus health care bill, the fifth piece of so-called reform legislation that promotes abortion. AUL is also preparing to launch tomorrow a new online ad that focuses on health care and abortion funding.
A Senate committee passed the Baucus bill today on a largely partisan vote.
Charmaine Yoest, the president of AUL, told LifeNews.com that the panel "joined the four other committees with jurisdiction over health care reform in reporting out a bill that does not include explicit language excluding abortion funding and coverage."
"In fact, the Baucus bill explicitly includes abortion funding and coverage," she said. "History has shown that unless legislation relating to health care reform includes language that expressly excludes abortion, courts and administrative agencies will interpret the legislation as including abortion."
To underscore that point, AUL Action, the legislative arm of Yoest’s group, will be releasing an online ad.
Don’t Be Fooled: Abortion is in Health Care Reform will raise awareness among the pro-life grassroots about taxpayer-funded abortion in the current health care reform proposals. The ad is a part of Americans United for Life Actions Real Health Care Respects Life campaign.
The overwhelming majority of Americans oppose abortion funding in health care reform. Yet, the abortion lobby and its allies on Capitol Hill continue to mislead the American public with false promises that abortion will not be in health care reform," Yoest told Lifenews.com. "The reality doesn’t match the rhetoric."
This ad cuts through the deceptive rhetoric of pro-abortion politicians and shows how American taxpayers will be forced to pay for abortions against their conscience. Including government-funded abortion coverage in health care proposals, breaks with current policy which limits taxpayer-funds for abortion," he said.
While the Obama administration, members of Congress and some media outlets have falsely said the Hyde Amendment would prohibit abortion funding in the health care bills, AUL knows something about it.
Americans United for Life is the organization that successfully defended the Hyde Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris v. McRae in 1980.
The ad ends with calling on Americans to contact their Member of Congress to stop their tax dollars from going to abortion.
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