Leaders in the pro-life community are sounding alarm bells in efforts to block the abortion mandate contained in proposed federal health care legislation. President Obama is making a determined last-ditch appeal to win support for his health care proposal, which would compel taxpayers to finance abortions for the first time in American history.
Charmaine Yoest, the President of Americans United for Life, has issued a "Code Blue for Life." She says, "Within the coming weeks, Planned Parenthood may achieve the 'Holy Grail' of the pro-abortion movement: using tax dollars to pay for abortions."
The Family Research Council is sponsoring a "National Town Hall Meeting on Health Care" tomorrow evening, March16th, at 7:30 PM, which will be hosted via a live video webcast. "The President's latest bill would trick Americans into funding a procedure that victimizes women and robs them of the physical and mental well-being the legislation promised to advance," says FRC President Tony Perkins.
President Obama's latest proposed overhaul of the nation's health care system is virtually the same as the legislation previously adopted by the U.S. Senate, which would channel health insurance payments to the abortion industry. Health insurance
plans that pay for abortions would receive government subsidies through federal tax credits. Consumers who purchase private health insurance through federally-established health insurance exchanges would be required to pay an abortion premium regardless of their sex, age, or family status.
The bill still includes authorization for a multi-state insurance plan whose basic benefits package would be defined by rabidly pro-abortion Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. President Obama has made it clear that he considers "reproductive health care" to be a basic health care benefit. Senate pro-abortion leaders have also made it clear that they consider abortion coverage to be a component of "preventative health care."
The President's proposal also creates what would almost certainly be a federal gravy train for Planned Parenthood. The bill sets aside $11 billion over the next five years for "community health centers." There is no reason to believe
that this ardently pro-abortion administration would not include Planned Parenthood clinics as recipients of these community health center grants. In fact, Planned Parenthood expects that that will happen. They have sent out e-mails to their supporters crowing that "President Obama's health care reform...will significantly increase access to reproductive health care."
It appears that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to carry through with threats to invoke "reconciliation" to win passage of the President's bill. Under reconciliation, the Senate would not need 60 votes to break a filibuster against the bill. Reconciliation has never been used by the Senate on a major policy issue, but has been reserved for budget authorizations and appropriations.
The major showdown will occur in the House, where House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared her intention to pass the bill over the objections of pro-life members of her own Democratic caucus. Vote-counters are watching closely to see how many members will join pro-life leader Congressman Bart Stupak in opposing any health care bill with an abortion mandate. Missouri Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton has already announced that he will vote against the proposal because it "lacks teeth to
prevent abortion funding."
We know you are probably weary by now of all the wrangling and rhetoric over this subject. But we want to impress upon you that this is a crucial hour in this mammoth national debate. The showdown over this issue is upon us. Please take the time to contact our U.S. Senators and your U.S.
Congressman to tell them to vote against any taxpayer funding for abortion.
You can contact Senator Kit Bond by using this link:
You can contact Senator Claire McCaskill by activating this link:
You can contact your U.S. Representative by clicking this link:
You can learn more about the effort to stop the abortion mandate at this web link:
You can register to be part of the National Town Hall Meeting on Health Care by using this link:
In closing, I am reminded that Our Father God has spelled out in His Word those things that greatly displease him.
"There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and man who stirs up dissension among brothers." (Prov. 6:16-19) For His name's sake and our own posterity, we must stand against wicked schemes that would shed innocent blood.
Please pray that our leaders will hear the cry of the people of this land and turn from this ugly path of death and
destruction for future generations of Americans. We read in the Scriptures (Luke 19) the account of Jesus approaching Jerusalem and weeping over the city. The Pharisees wanted Jesus to scold his disciples for stirring up the people, but Jesus replied: "If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
We pray that this is an hour in our nation when believers will put their faith into action and the voice of righteousness will be proclaimed and heard. God has told us that heaven and earth stand as witnesses to our decision. We can choose life and its blessings, or we can choose death and its curses. America must choose life, so that we and our descendents may live.