Today the Senate accepted the Mikulski (D-MD) amendment to the Senate health care bill by a vote of 61-39. The amendment does not explicitly require abortion coverage, but it also fails to explicitly exclude it. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) could categorize abortion as “preventive care,” and would therefore recommend coverage for abortion by all private plans. The recommendation would force private plans to offer abortion coverage, furthering the abortion lobby’s agenda of mainstreaming abortion as health care.
It’s been a busy week. As Denise Burke wrote yesterday, President Obama announced the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, a commission likely to be comprised of people who think just like he does on the issues. The administration also explicitly authorized the use of taxpayer dollars for destructive embryo research. Of course, […]
At 11:45 today, the Senate will vote on two abortion-related amendments to the Senate health care bill: the Murkowski (R-Alaska) amendment and the Mikulski (D-Maryland) amendment. Both amendments will require 60 votes to pass. The Murkowski amendment Senator Murkowski’s amendment would ensure that abortion is not classified by the government as “preventive care” or as […]
The Obama administration today approved the first human embryonic stem cells for experiments by federally funded scientists under a new policy designed to dramatically expand embryonic stem cell research.Â Americans United for Life President and CEO Charmaine Yoest said, “Despite years of research, human embryonic stem cells have yet to be used in real therapies […]
Pro-abortion activists will lobby Washington on Wednesday, December 2nd in their campaign against the U.S. House bill’s pro-life Stupak-Pitts Amendment.
The Obama administration today approved the first human embryonic stem cells for experiments by federally funded scientists under a new policy designed to dramatically expand embryonic stem cell research.
Over the past week, the Obama Administration has made two key decisions on bioethics — both of which promote unethical and anti-life policies. First, on November 24, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13521, establishing the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The new Commission, a part of the U.S. Department of Health […]
Pro-abortion activists will lobby Washington on Wednesday, December 2nd in their campaign against the U.S. House bill’s pro-life Stupak-Pitts Amendment. Americans United for Life President and CEO Charmaine Yoest released this statement in response to the abortion lobby’s effort to expand taxpayer funding of abortion: “By confusing abortion with health care, the feminist groups and […]
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 […]