Thursday, December 10, 2009

Update on Abortion Funding in the Senate Health Care Bill

Tuesday, December 8th, the Senate voted 54-45 to defeate a bipartisan Amendment that would have stripped mandated abortion funding from the Senate Health Care Bill. This Amendment 's language tracked closely to the Stupak Amendment passed earlier in the House of Representatives to preserve the status quo of no public funding of abortion.

The defeat of the Senate Amendment means that the Senate Health Care bill retains provisions requiring participants to pay a monthly abortion fee to the government and results in an unprecedented expansion of federally funded abortions.

Matt Warner, at Fallible Blogma, has compiled a list of the 15 Catholic Senators who voted for the public to fund abortion in the health care bill. He asks that you share his list with others as we all work to vote these Senators out of office in their next election.

Meanwhile, Thomas Peters at American Papist shares the recent shocking comments of three pro-abortion Senators, including that of Senator Feinstein who stated it was "morally correct" to use tax dollars from pro-life Americans to fund abortion.

CatholicVoteAction is working hard against this bill, not only because of the public funding of abortion contained, but out of principle against the government takeover of heath care. As they state, "A government-first approach WILL NOT solve the problems of access and affordability to quality care."

They, along with so many other great organizations, are working hard to keep the pressure on our Senators to scrap this bill and start over with one that has true reform that will benefit people. I know it is the holiday season and we are all busy with other things, but please take the time to contact your Senators and let them know where you stand on the healthcare debate.

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