What’s Next on the Health Care Debate? Stop the Abortion Mandate Knows

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 11, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

What’s Next on the Health Care Debate? Stop the Abortion Mandate Knows

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 11
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The last several months have been some of the most tumultuous for the pro-life movement in recent history as the battle has intensified over abortion funding in the government-run health care bills in Congress. After votes in the House and Senate, pro-life advocates who want to know what’s next will get answers soon.

The debate in Congress has seen the House adopt the Stupak amendment to remove the abortion funding from the health care bill.

The Senate followed suit in voting on abortion funding but came to a different conclusion — defeating an amendment to keep abortion money out of the public option and affordability credits.

And both bills still present concerns for pro-life advocates on conscience issues, rationing and the promotion of assisted suicide.

To cover these topics, the Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition is having its fourth national webcast next Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. EST. There, pro-life advocates will learn of the current action in the Senate and upcoming action needed in the House.

"The U.S. Senate just defeated the Nelson-Hatch amendment which would have blocked the government from paying for abortions in the health care reform bill," the coalition, which includes LifeNews.com, said in a new statement. "Despite the fact that most Americans do NOT want our government to pay for abortions with their money, the Senate caved in to pressure from Planned Parenthood and abortion industry lobbyists."

"The Senate health care reform bill — which is on the verge of being passed into law — would result in a massive government-funded bailout of the abortion industry and the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade," the more than 70 pro-life organizations said.

During the live webcast, pro-life advocates will hear the latest breaking news from a panel of nationally respected pro-life leaders.

They include Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan. B. Anthony List, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, and Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee.

Other leaders on the call include Kristen Day of Democrats for Life of America, Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America, and David Bereit of 40 Days for Life.

People who are not able to participate in the webcast can still register and watch a recording of it at a later time.

Related web sites:
Stop the Abortion Mandate – https://www.StopTheAbortionMandate.com/webcast

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