Even with the inclusion of the Stupak-Pitts amendment barring federal funding of abortion in the health care reform bill passed by the House, H.R. 3962, additional pro-life concerns remain. Rationing of Care H.R. 3962 includes Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) provisions. It is laudable that CER attempts to identify, evaluate and promote medical best practices–across the […]
by Denise M. Burke Vice President of Legal Affairs As debate rages over healthcare legislation currently under consideration in Congress and, specifically, whether abortion should be taxpayer-funded under the guise of “healthcare reform,” it would be easy to overlook an important and very inauspicious milestone: the 20th anniversary of the federal “Freedom of Choice” Act […]
Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s dispute with Rhode Island Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin attracted national attention on Sunday when Kennedy said that Tobin had asked him to refrain from receiving communion because of his pro-abortion views. MSNBC television talk show host Chris Matthews debated Bishop Tobin today about abortion, law and Rep. Kennedy’s Holy Communion: PART […]
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said on Fox News Sunday that the U.S. House bill containing the pro-life Stupak Amendment changes long-established law. Sen. Stabenow is referring to the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid from funding abortions, and is a provision that Americans United for Life successfully defended before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980. The […]
Americans United for Life’s legislative arm AUL Action released this statement in reaction to the cloture vote: “This was a pro-abortion vote tonight because this bill provides for an unprecedented expansion of federally-funded abortion. Supporters argued that the debate needed to move forward, but life should be at the heart of any health care reform. […]
Moments ago, the Senate voted 60-39, a party-line vote, to begin debate on Majority Leader Reid’s anti-life health care reform bill. The debate and amendment process will begin Monday, November 30th. Majority Leader Reid’s health care bill: Allows the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to require coverage of any and all abortions through […]
On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Hatch reads Americans United for Life’s sister organization AUL Action’s score letter to Senators reminding them of the importance of their cloture vote regarding the issue of abortion in health care reform
Senator Johanns is emphasizing that the Stupak-Pitts language is NOT in the Senate bill. Therefore, it is not likely to be in the final bill (once the Senate version is reconciled with the House version). He said that there are not enough prolife senators to add this provision to the bill. Senator Johanns argues that […]
Senators Hatch, Brownback, and Johanns are discussing polls which show that Americans over-whelmingly oppose abortion funding by the government. Senator Hatch is reading personal letters from Americans who oppose federally funded abortion and support strong conscience protection.
Senator Hatch is reading, word for word, our sister organization AUL Action’s score letter on the Senate Floor.
Senators Hatch (UT), Brownback (KS), and Johanns (NB) are having an excellent colloquy on the Senate Floor right now. They are discussing: the current status of federal law on abortion funding and coverage; why the Stupak-Pitts Amendment language is needed to preserve existing, established law; and why the Reid language is not sufficient. They are […]
Tune in to C-SPAN 2 at 1:00 p.m. EST to hear pro-life Senators discuss the pro-abortion provisions in Majority Leader Reid’s health care reform bill. Remember, the Reid bill: Allows the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to require coverage of any and all abortions through the public option. Creates new federally-funded subsidies for […]
At 8:00 p.m. tomorrow night, the Senate is expected to vote on cloture on the Motion to Proceed to debate on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s pro-abortion health care bill. Sixty Senators’ votes are needed for the bill to move forward. While this vote has been touted by pro-abortion lawmakers as merely “procedural” in nature, […]
Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said, “Americans United for Life believes that judges should uphold Constitutional restrictions on abortion. As a District Court judge, Hamilton promoted his radical pro-abortion agenda. His promotion to the Seventh Circuit will give him jurisdiction over court cases addressing life issues from Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin which is of serious concern to the pro-life community.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last night unveiled a health care bill which includes pro-abortion language. The bill’s language mirrors the Capps Amendment from the House debate — it allows the public option to include abortion coverage and provides federal subsidies for private plans which cover abortion.
Washington, DC – Today, in a vote of 59-39, the U.S. Senate confirmed pro-abortion federal judge David Hamilton as an appellate court judge. Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said, “Americans United for Life believes that judges should uphold Constitutional restrictions on abortion. As a District Court judge, Hamilton promoted his […]