Pro-Life Democratic Congressman, Doctor, Switches to GOP Over Health Care

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 22, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Democratic Congressman, Doctor, Switches to GOP Over Health Care

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 22
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Alabama congressman Parker Griffith has had enough of the Democratic Party thanks to its pushing a pro-abortion health care bill. The pro-lie Democrat announced today that he is switching parties and becoming a Republican because of the problems associated with the bill.

"I believe our nation is at a crossroads and I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy, and drives us further and further into debt," Griffith said today.

"I want to make it perfectly clear that this bill is bad for our doctors," he said Tuesday. "It’s bad for our patients. It’s bad for the young men and women who are considering going into the health care field."

When it comes to abortion and the government-run health care bill, Griffith said, "I now believe that the differences in the two parties could not be more clear."

The party switch won’t impact the eventual vote in the House on the conference committee health care bill as he had already voted for the Stupak amendment to ban abortion funding and against the final bill.

With his change, Democrats now have 257 House seats and Republicans 178.

House Republican Leader John Boehner, who is pro-life and has railed against the abortion funding in the health care bill, welcomed Griffith.

"Parker Griffith is a dedicated public servant who has consistently put the best interests of his constituents first, and it is in that spirit that Republicans welcome him," he said. “All year long, Alabamians have been well-served by Congressman Griffith’s support for conservative principles and his rejection of Washington Democrats’ wrong-headed, liberal policies."

"He has also stood up to Speaker Pelosi by joining efforts to advance ‘read the bill’ reform and to ensure that not a single taxpayer dollar is used to fund abortions," he said.

Griffith is a radiation oncologist physician by trade and was narrowly elected last year in a district that has conservative values and supported John McCain over Barack Obama but hasn’t elected a Republican.

He has a 100 percent pro-life voting record this Congressional session, according to the National Right to Life Committee.

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