Abortion Advocates NARAL, Boxer, DeGette Love New Harry Reid Health Care Bill
by Steven Ertelt
November 19, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — NARAL and Senator Barbara Boxer, the leader of the pro-abortion activist contingent in the Senate, have issued statements today saying they love the new health care bill Harry Reid introduced yesterday. That pits abortion proponents against pro-life advocates who are squarely against the bill.
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, said today she is encouraged that the Senate bill does not include the limits on taxpayer-funding of abortions that are included in the House bill.
On Monday, Keenan delivered a petition with 97,218 signatures to Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, calling on the Senate to keep the Stupak amendment out of the bill.
Keenan claims those signatures made the difference and vowed to continue to mobilize her organization’s members to fight for the bill and its language forcing Americans to pay for abortions.
She said abortion advocates are "speaking up loudly and clearly" and said NARAL’s goal is to ensure abortion advocates "do not lose ground in the new health-care system and that attempts to expand existing restrictions on abortion are defeated."
"Some anti-choice politicians, such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), will follow Rep. Bart Stupak’s example and inject anti-abortion politics into health reform,’ she complained of the likely amendment Hatch will offer.
Meanwhile, Boxer told the Washington Post, "I couldn’t be happier," about the abortion funding in the Senate bill, adding, "Senator Reid did it the right way."
And Rep. Diana DeGette, the Colorado Democrat who is the pro-abortion leader in the House, is also "pleased" by the pro-abortion Senate bill.
DeGette’s comments are typical from abortion advocates today who are misusing a phony amendment to make it appear there is no abortion funding in the bill.
"I am pleased that the U.S. Senate has maintained current law when addressing the abortion issue," she said, even though the Senate bill does not include the Hyde amendment, which has been in place since the 1970s.
"By adopting a common-sense abortion provision, the U.S. Senate ensures that no federal funds will be spent on abortion coverage while not further restricting a womans right to choose," she said.
DeGette did not endorse the Senate bill, which would have to be merged with the House measure, that contains the Stupak amendment not funding abortions.
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