Three months after House majority whip Steve Scalise and four others were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Rep. Scalise is finally returning to Congress.
Rep. Scalise, Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, Zack Barth, a congressional staffer to Texas Rep. Roger William, and Matt Mika were shot by a liberal activist. While the initial prognosis for the Congressman was good, people soon learned not only that Scalise’s condition was critical, before too long there were intimidations he would likely die. Many, many people prayed for his recovery.
Now, Congressman Scalise is returning to work at the United States Capitol today, after more than three months in the hospital and an in-patient rehabilitation facility following the June 14th Congressional Baseball Game practice shooting. Scalise will participate in this morning’s vote series and address his colleagues on the House floor in his first public appearance since the shooting.
Starting today, Whip Scalise will be resuming his work at the Capitol, while also completing an extended period of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months. This follows yesterday’s announcement that Whip Scalise will participate in an exclusive interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that will air this Sunday evening.
Scalise had strong support and prayers from the pro-life community.
As NRLC President Carol Tobias wrote, “Steve is not just a friend to the pro-life movement and strong ally of National Right to Life. He is one of us. Saving babies is at the top of his priority list. He is one of the most dedicated and effective pro-life people in Congress.”
Congressman Scalise is a prominent pro-life Advocate in Congress with a longstanding record fighting abortion.
He led the effort calling on the Obama Administration to reverse its unconstitutional mandate forcing religious organizations to include drugs that can cause abortion and birth control in the health care plans of their employees.
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“This radical mandate by the Obama Administration is an attack on the religious freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the Bill of Rights,” Scalise, a pro-life Republican from Louisiana, said. “Religious organizations and hard-working taxpayers should not be forced by the federal government to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, or sterilizations in their health care plans.”
“This is an offensive example of Obamacare’s violation of the conscience rights of American employers just so this Administration can force their radical agenda on hard working taxpayers,” Scalise continues. “We are calling on the Obama Administration to reverse this offensive mandate in order to allow any employer that opposes mandated coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and other contraceptives to seek an exemption out of respect for their religious rights. I’m proud to stand with the vast majority of Americans who respect religious freedom in demanding that this mandate be reversed, and I will continue working tirelessly with other Members of Congress to prevent this attack on the Bill of Rights.”
He has also strongly supported efforts to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
“The right to life is our most precious gift from God, and it is offensive and unacceptable that a single cent of taxpayer dollars would be sent to an organization that systematically aborts infants and sells their body parts. House Republicans will continue to promote a culture that respects life at every stage,” he told LifeNews.