We are hearing that after the Tuesday wins of two pro-life politicians, Bob McDonnell in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey, abortion supporters in Congress are “really sweating.” This sets an entirely new context for the fight over keeping abortion out of health care.
Yesterday, the House Rules Committee announced that the “rule” for considering the health care legislation will include language put forward by Representative Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind. which the House leadership is falsely describing as “pro-life.” Rep. Ellsworth claims his Amendment would “prevent tax-payer funded abortions.” Unfortunately, that’s not true. By allowing the Ellsworth language, House Democratic leaders hope this so-called “compromise” will keep reluctant pro-life Democrats from voting against the final bill. But so far we’re hearing that these parliamentary shenanigans are too transparent to fool anyone.
Of course the false pro-life label is designed to give legislators cover back home. So we are working to get the word out to the grass roots. The Ellsworth Amendment allows the public option to pay for abortion on demand and allows government dollars to go to private plans that cover abortion. This amendment would undermine the only pro-life amendment that truly protects life in health care reform: the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. The Ellsworth Amendment would still allow the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in over 30 years. Americans United for Life’s legal team has legal analysis of the current pro-abortion House health bill H.R. 3962.
Our pro-life friends on the Hill are concerned that the pro-abortion House Leadership will deny the Stupak-Pitts Amendment a vote. But without that amendment, pro-life Members cannot vote for health care reform.
In order to stop unprecedented abortion funding in the guise of health care reform, we need everyone in pro-life America to contact Congress to prevent their tax dollars from going to abortion.
Dr. Charmaine Yoest is president and CEO of Americans United for Life Action (AULA). AUL Action is the legislative arm of AUL, the oldest national pro-life public policy organization in the country. AUL Action has a health care reform website located at REAL Health Care Respects Life.com.