Abortion Advocates Team Up With Labor, Gay Groups For Abortion in Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
November 11, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Passage of the Stupak amendment in the House health care bill has riled abortion backers and they are pulling out all the stops to remove it or defeat the bill. Top pro-abortion activist groups are so worried about the pro-life measure they are enlisting help from labor unions and gay rights organizations.
A Politico report indicates as many as 80 groups that support abortion were asked by Planned Parenthood to join forces to torpedo the abortion funding limits.
Laurie Rubiner, vice president of policy for the abortion business, told the political web site that adding Stupak to the health care bill has completely galvanized" the pro-abortion movement.
Politico indicated the meeting yesterday included a who’s who of the abortion industry, with NARAL, MoveOn, and the American Civil Liberties Union attending. But it also included unrelated groups that have also supported abortion such as the Service Employees International Union and the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group.
Should the coalition of groups not get the Stupak amendment out of the health care bill, Terry ONeill, president of the National Organization for Women, told Politico they would urge a no vote on the bill itself.
We will oppose any health care bill that includes anything like Stupak/Pitts," she said.
For now, the abortion advocates are moving ahead with their anti-Stupak message, which has NARAL see 30,000 signatures for an online petition, and plans to connect thousands of members with their senators next week as the first vote takes place to start debate on the health care bill.
The key for abortion advocates is keeping a similar amendment out of the Senate bill because the Senate’s rules make it so language adopted in legislation in both chambers is favored and it may prohibit removing the amendment in a conference committee.
The pro-abortion groups are looking forward and not back as NARAL’s president refused to condemn Speaker Nancy Pelosi for allowing a vote on the Stupak amendment knowing it likely had the votes to pass.
Thats water under the bridge, she told Politico.
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