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, […]
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last night unveiled a health care bill which provides for an unprecedented expansion of federally-funded abortion. The bill includes pro-abortion language and mirrors the false compromise Capps Amendment from the House debate — it allows the public option to include abortion coverage and provides federal subsidies for private plans which […]
There have been many recent questions in the press and on Capitol Hill about the scope of the Stupak Amendment added to the House health care reform bill, H.R. 3962, and how it will impact private insurance plans. The Stupak Amendment applies the same abortion funding restrictions to programs created by and funded through H.R. […]
Introduction While pro-abortion groups claim that the Stupak Amendment, added to H.R. 3962 by a vote of 240-194, with 64 Democrats voting in favor of the amendment, is broader than existing federal law, they are incorrect. In reality, the Stupak Amendment, which ensures that funds authorized and appropriated through the bill will not pay for […]
On Friday the House Rules Committee is expected to report out a rule governing debate on H.R. 3962, the House health care reform bill. It is likely that this rule will include language called the “Ellsworth Amendment,” after Congressman Brad Ellsworth of Indiana. This language is being touted as a pro-life amendment. In reality, the […]
Update: On November 7, 2009, the Stupak-Pitts amendment was added to H.R. 3962 on the House Floor. The Stupak-Pitts amendment resolves the abortion and conscience concerns in the House bill discussed below [Note, these concerns have not been resolved in the Senate bill]. For more information, please see: http://blog.aul.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Stupak-Pitts-Backgrounder.pdf and http://blog.aul.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Comparision-Chart-b-t-Hyde-and-Stupak.pdf _________________________________________________________________________________________ Oct. 30, 2009 […]
Today, at the same time that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was unveiling the new House health care reform bill, Americans United for Life’s legislative arm AUL Action sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives to express our deep concern over the life-related provisions in the bill. Just as we expected, the “new” […]
Senate Majority Leader Reid announced that he will include a “public option“ (government-run insurance plan) in the final Senate health care reform bill. While the language of the final Senate bill, like the final House bill, is not available for public consumption, it is not hard to predict what the inclusion of a “public option” […]
Today, an Associated Press article highlighted the division among Democrats in the House of Representatives over abortion in health care reform. The article accurately describes several of the reasons why pro-life members of Congress are not satisfied with the “Capps Amendment” (language added to the House bill during the Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up): 1) […]
[Printer-friendly PDF] Introduction Soon after taking office, President Obama made it a top priority to reverse a regulation that allows health care providers the right to refuse to perform services to which they object. The regulation, issued by executive order by the Bush Administration and finalized on December 19, 2008, broadens the application of conscience […]
HERE are the Facts Media Matters stated: “In a new anti-choice ad, the conservative Americans United for Life presents several nuggets of misinformation regarding how abortion is being treated in Democratic proposals for health care reform. Because they lack any factual grounds for their argument, the group resorts to ominous music, sarcasm, and misdirection.” Our […]
This week, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to report (vote) out of Committee Chairman Baucus’ version of health care reform. Like the other four Committees (three in the House and one in the Senate) that have reported out health care reform bills, the Senate Finance Committee failed to include in the legislation language that […]