Health Bill Not Pro-Life, Despite Stupak

The Republican Party Platform is proudly pro-life, declaring elective abortion “a fundamental assault on innocent human life. Strangely enough, though, since 1991 the Republican National Committee’s insurance plan has provided coverage for elective abortions. Michael Steele, current RNC Chair has cut this out, saying, “I don’t know why this policy existed in the past, but it will not exist under my administration. Consider this issue settled.”

Stupak Amendment Doesn’t Eliminate All Anti-Life Measures

Though many pro-lifers are delighted at the adoption of the Stupak Amendment, Judie Brown of the American Life League has detailed just how far we have to go to make this healthcare plan one that pro-lifers can truly rally around.

Although our tax dollars will not be massively funding all abortions because of the Stupak Amendment—and that’s assuming it doesn’t get axed in the Senate—many anti-life measures still exist in the proposed healthcare plan, such as expanded funding for and access to contraceptives; expanded funding for Planned Parenthood; provisions that open the door to euthanasia; no conscience protections for healthcare workers; and exceptions for “rape and incest” and “life of the mother” abortions.

The Senate will be taking some time to consider this bill. If you haven’t done so already, call your Senator and ask him or her to uphold the dignity of all human life in the healthcare bill. Call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your senator.

Sidewalk Counseling Training Session

I hope you’ll join us Saturday for our sidewalk counseling training session. An earlier edition of the hotline reported the time incorrectly. It will be held at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. While we’d prefer you RSVP so we have enough materials, if you’re reading this on Saturday morning, we hope you’ll still come on over.

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