Tomorrow morning the president's health care rationing bill may be facing its own death panel. But for today at least, Democrat leaders claim that they are just days away from enacting this monstrosity. If the Senate bill is about to come for a vote in the House - as some suggest - 'pro-Life Democrats' will have to explain their vote for a bill that Barbara Boxer says provides government coverage for abortions:
Boxer, who has received a 100% approval rating from groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood year after year since her election to the Senate in 1992, had been a featured speaker at an abortion-rights rally in Washington, D.C., just weeks before she became involved in the ‘abortion compromise.” Following her decision to agree to the Nelson language, groups like the National Organization for Women, the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and the National Institute for Reproductive Health issued blistering criticism of the senator. National Institute for Reproductive Health president Kelli Conlin said the Senate bill “has sold out women” and described its as “"unconscionable."
But not to worry, Boxer told McClatchy News Service. Boxer, reported McClatchy, “said it's only an ‘accounting procedure’ that will do nothing to restrict [abortion] coverage.”
Which is more believable: that Ben Nelson sold out his pro-life supporters, or that Barbara Boxer sold out her pro-choice supporters? The answer is obvious. The 'pro-life' compromise to which Nelson agreed, and which some Democrats want to muscle through the House of Representatives, is a sham. Democrats Bart Stupak and Steve Driehaus have made clear that they won't vote for it. Will they be joined by other Democrats who are loathe to lose the pro-life label when they face re-election?