Pro-Abortion Group Launches New Ad Supporting Abortion Funding in Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
November 12, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Responding to the passage of a government-run health are bill in the House that contains the Stupak amendment to stop massive abortion funding, one of the heavy hitters in the pro-abortion movement has released a new commercial calling for it to be removed.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has sponsored a new advertising campaign called Abortion Coverage is No Joke, according to CBN correspondent David Brody.
The campaign calls on abortion advocates to call members of the Senate in advance of the first vote on health care next week to urge that abortion funding be included in the bill.
Center for Reproductive Rights president Nancy Northup will unveil the ad along with DJ Feldman, a woman who CRR claims was diagnosed with a fatal fetal abnormality and was refused insurance coverage for an abortion.
In previous comments about the bill and the Stupak amendment, Northup has complained about the lack of government funding for abortion.
"Pro-choice supporters in this country are going to be outraged that the anti-choice movement used this important debate over health care to expand anti-choice policies into the private employment sector," she said after the vote.
Northup also complained that the Catholic bishops were given too much input on the debate and allowing a vote on the amendment.
"The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has apparently been given veto power over legislation intended to provide affordable health care coverage to all Americans, including women," she complained.
Even though Senate leader Harry Reid has promised no abortion funding in the bill, Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who has long been the leader of abortion advocates in the Senate, tells the Huffington Post that there are not 60 votes to beat a filibuster against a Stupak-type amendment.
"If someone wants to offer this very radical amendment, which would really tear apart compromise, then I think at that point they would need to have 60 votes to do it," Boxer said. "And I believe in our Senate we can hold it."
"If they try to add the language we would try to stop them," she told the pro-abortion web site. "If somebody wants to take it out they are going to need 60 votes to take it out… And my view is that we do have the numbers."
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