The blog for Massachusetts Citizens for Life: the pro-life movement in the Bay State since 1973.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
URGE KIRK AND KERRY TO FOLLOW KENNEDY'S WISHES! CALL TODAY! SENATE VOTE SATURDAY!
As well as abortion (see below), we know the senate bill mandates rationing, denial of care, and violation of conscience rights for doctors and patients. According to the Globe, the vote will be Saturday.
Senators Kerry and Kirk probably won't be moved by abortion coverage. They should, however, pay attention to these words from Senator Kennedy's letter to the Pope,
"I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health field and I'll
continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop
an overall national health policy that guarantee health care for everyone."
Call Senators Kirk, 202-224-4543 and Kerry, 202-224-2742, today. Tell them to follow Senator Kennedy's wishes by opposing any bill which does not specifically guarantee conscience rights.
Make your call top priority today! Thank you, Anne Fox, President
PS. Remember Senator Kirk was appointed specifically to carry out Senator Kennedy's wishes on health care.
PPS. Following is good analysis of Reid's duplicity on abortion by National Right to Life.
National Right to Life Committee Rejects Reid Abortion Funding Language as "Completely Unacceptable," Calls for Enactment of Stupak-Pitts Amendment.
WASHINGTON (November 18, 2009) -- The following statement was issued by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, and may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) has rejected the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts Amendment and has substituted completely unacceptable language that would result in coverage of abortion on demand in two big new federal government programs.
Reid seeks to cover elective abortions in two big new federal health programs, but tries to conceal that unpopular reality with layers of contrived definitions and hollow bookkeeping requirements.
Rep. Lois Capps (D-Ca.), who has a 100% pro-abortion voting record, said in a press release following release of the Reid language: "It appears that their approach closely mirrors my language which was originally included in the House bill." The Capps language referred to was opposed by NRLC and other pro-life organizations and was deleted by the House by a vote of 240-194 on November 7, as 64 Democrats (one fourth of all House Democrats), along with 176 Republicans, voted to replace it with the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.
The Stupak-Pitts Amendment would prevent federal subsidies for abortion by applying the principles of longstanding federal laws such as the Hyde Amendment to the new programs created by the health care legislation. Those principles prohibit both direct funding of abortion procedures, and subsidies for plans that cover elective abortions, in existing federal programs such as Medicaid, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and the military. Regrettably but predictably, Reid rejected the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts language. Instead, Reid has sought to please the militant minority that demands funding of abortion through federal programs, even though substantial majorities of Americans believe that abortion should be excluded from government-funded and government-sponsored health programs.
The Reid bill establishes a big new federal health insurance program, the public option (although now referred to in Reid's bill as the "community health insurance option"). The bill authorizes (on page 118) the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services to require coverage of any and all abortions throughout the public option program. This would be federal government funding of abortion, no matter how hard they try to disguise it.
In addition, the bill creates new tax-supported subsidies to purchase private health plans that will cover abortion on demand.