Pro-Life Advocates Join Together to Request Removing Abortion From Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
October 21, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A coalition of pro-life groups and lawmakers held an afternoon press conference on the grounds of Congress to renew their call for an amendment to remove abortion funding from the health care bills. In both the House and Senate, the five health care reform bills committees passed fund abortions.
The press conference saw pro-life advcoates deliver boxes of petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures from pro-life advocates opposing abortion funding in health care.
Tom Minnery, senior vice president of government and public policy at Focus on the Family Action, said every pro-life amendment offered to fix the legislation has been voted down.
"Despite polls showing that 71 percent of Americans don’t want public funds to pay for abortion," he said, "there are those in Congress who continue to ignore the men and women they represent. Abortion is not health care. All we ask as pro-life Americans is that our money not be used to violate our morals."
The press conference included Rep. Chris Smith, regarded as the top pro-life lawmaker.
"President Obama campaigned on ‘hope,’" Smith noted. "Abortion is the antithesis of hope. Abortion crushes hopeit is its polar opposite."
"The myriad of word games routinely employed to divert attention from the gruesome reality of abortion and its deleterious consequences to women and children are now being used to suggest that the public somehow isn’t being coerced into funding and facilitating abortion on demand in the House and Senate health care reform bills," he said.
Smith pointed out how Obama said under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.
"Oh if that were only true,’ Smith responded.
Congressman Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican, also chimed in on the bills.
As hardworking taxpayers struggle to pay their bills in the worst economy of the last quarter century, it is outrageous that they should now also be forced to pay for abortions under proposed health care reform," he said.
A recent poll by the Pew Research Center shows that support for abortion is on the decline in this country," he added. "The extreme pro-choice agenda is out of step with the views of the Americans people. As we work toward health care reform, we must create a plan that protects all human life and reflects the values of the American people."
Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America said the current bills set up "a system whereby bureaucrats decide what health care we can receive, with cost as a major factor."
"It also will fund abortion. Since abortion costs less than prenatal care, delivery and post-natal care, especially if the mother or child has special needs, it is not unlikely that bureaucrats will put on their green-eye shades and decide that abortion will be covered but expensive maternal and child care is not," she added.
"Amendments to ensure access to health benefits regardless of age, expected length of life or disability were defeated along party lines. This means that the most vulnerable — unborn and premature babies, and those with special needs — will be discriminated against if this bill passes," Wright continued.
"This bill gives czar-like power to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has a history of siding with abortionists over women," the CWA leader said. "President Obama’s appointees who have little regard for the value of life are far less qualified than mothers to make health decisions for our families."
Sen. Sam Brownback, Rep. Eric Cantor and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) joined a coalition of pro-life advocates and other lawmakers led by Focus on the Family Action, National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List and others at the press conference.
The American Family Association and Family Research Council also participated.
The event took place at the House Triangle near the House side of the Capitol Building.
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