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Defense Spending Bill to Allow Tax-Payer Funded Abortion (+ DREAM; Call Senators, vote 2:15pm ET)
Heritage Foundation's *The Foundry* ^ | September 21, 2010 | Chuck Donovan

Posted on 09/21/2010 8:07:26 AM PDT by unspun

Pentagon (Photo by Newscom)

Alongside another controversial provision in the 2011 defense authorization bill pending in Congress is language that illustrates the continuing challenge of taxpayer support for elective abortions. Included in the version of the bill that emerged from the Senate Armed Services Committee is an amendment sponsored by Sen. Roland Burris (D–IL) that would allow the use of military facilities around the world for “pre-paid” abortions.

The policy at stake has a long history, but for most of the past four decades, decisions by various Administrations and laws adopted by Congress have limited public funding for abortions in military hospitals as well as any use of those hospitals to perform elective abortions. The first iteration of the policy was President Richard Nixon’s “federalist” instruction in 1971, two years before the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide. Nixon directed the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that military medical facilities followed the law of the jurisdiction in which those facilities were located. At that time, a majority of the states and the District of Columbia had statutes that outlawed abortion under most circumstances.

Under President Ford, the DOD reversed the Nixon policy and both permitted and financed abortions in military facilities. During a one-year period at that time, 26,000 service members and dependents obtained abortions in military hospitals. In 1978, Congress adopted an annual funding amendment—similar to the Hyde Amendment governing spending by the Department of Health and Human Services—denying the use of federal funds for elective abortions in military health programs.

With this policy in place, a number of military facilities overseas, particularly in countries where abortion was illegal under local law, established their own system for “pre-paid” abortions, where the service members or dependents provided their own funds for the procedure. The abortion rate declined but still totaled more than 1,300 in one year under the policy. The Reagan Administration moved in the 1980s to end federal involvement in funding or promoting abortion. In 1985, Congress made the annual abortion funding amendment for the DOD permanent law, and in June 1988 the Reagan DOD issued a formal policy barring the use of military hospitals and facilities for pre-paid abortions.

On his first day in office in January 1993, President Clinton undid all of the Reagan-era abortion policies he had the authority to reach, reestablishing the use of military health facilities for privately funded abortions. The 1985 law against direct funding for abortion, however, remained in place. Then, in 1995, Congress stepped in and wrote the law that exists today, a statutory restriction on allowing the use of DOD facilities for elective abortions on the pre-paid basis Clinton had authorized. The restriction echoed the rationale of the Reagan Administration that allowing elective abortions in such settings would show “insensitivity to the spirit of the Congressionally-enacted policy of withholding government involvement in the provision of abortions.”

The Obama Administration has encouraged, if not led, efforts to weaken several longtime congressional limitations on abortion funding, backtracking under pressure when higher stakes (e.g., passage of Obamacare) warranted.

Allowing elective abortions in military hospitals presents a whole new set of issues for the Administration. Taxpayer funding of the procedure may still be barred by law, but allowing elective abortions in military health facilities would inevitably involve the use of taxpayer-supplied resources and personnel.

The Burris amendment also presents questions of conscience for military personnel, particularly administrative staff, who are protected under current law from involvement in the procedure. One of the strongest impetuses for President Clinton’s 1993 directive was the fact that military medical personnel, trained to provide life-saving medical care on the home front and in the battlefield, almost uniformly objected to the use of military health care facilities for elective abortion. Because of these objections, the Clinton Administration resorted to efforts to identify civilian physicians who could perform the abortions in military settings.

These objections from military medical personnel continue—apparently prompting some advocates of the Burris amendment to complain that current conscience protections for medical personnel who reject participation in abortion should be overridden.

Moreover, the Burris amendment would put the U.S. military in the unenviable position of possibly hiring private doctors willing to perform abortions on bases in countries where the practice is limited or prohibited by law. The impact of such a policy on the public diplomacy objectives of the U.S. has not been evaluated.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R–MS) recently noted the potential impact of the Burris amendment on an already strained military health care system. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has not weighed in on the Burris amendment. To borrow a phrase from a prior phase of this debate, Burris’s proposal seems to show “insensitivity to the spirit” of President Obama’s executive order on public subsidies for abortion.


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KEYWORDS: abortion; aliens; amnesty; defensespending; dream; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes
In Gulag Bound:

Call to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion & DREAM – the Senate is to Vote 2:15pm ET! – Updated

September 21, 2010, 8:55am By Admin 1 Comment (Edit)

From The Freedomist, this morning:

Defense Spending Bill To Allow Tax-Payer Funded Abortion…

Barack Obama and the culture of death he supports in Congress is attempting to insert language into the Defense Spending Bill that will allow tax dollars to pay for abortions on military bases. The language comes in the form of an amendment slipped into the Defense Spending Bill at the dead of the night by the progressive proponents of abortion. This amendment will allow ‘prepaid’ abortions to occur on U.S. Military Bases. There is no way around the fact that this amendment would allow for the further use of American tax dollars to fund the murder of the unborn.

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Contact your U.S. Senators through this link.
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Original DI 6:00am CT, Tallulah Starr: Sneaky Sen. Harry Reid, (NV-D) has scheduled a 2:15pm ET vote for DREAM, ironically attached like an undocumented alien to America’s Defense Spending Bill (Orwellian “doublethink” in action). In short, the bill, now amendment, is another attempt at back door amnesty at a time when Americans are overwhelmingly against any increased spending.

If passed, DREAM will force an unbelievable financial burden on states already collapsing under the weight of out-of-control social programs—and create educational and social entitlements for illegals up to the age of 35.

Call your Senators and tell them “No.” While you’re at it, call them all!

Eric Odom has provided a list of Senators, including their DC and district phone numbers. Check the list and call: http://liberty.com/dream-act/.

Don’t let this bill pass!


1 posted on 09/21/2010 8:07:35 AM PDT by unspun
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To: unspun

DREAM ACT AMNESTY VOTING STARTS TODAY

Could Go Either Way — Pro-Amnesty Forces Say They Will Win
Because They Will Outphone Us For The First Time

SENATORS FROM THE VIRGINIAS MAY HOLD KEY
— PLEASE PHONE THEM

The first vote is set for 2:15 this afternoon.

If we could get half of these four Senators from West Virginia and Virginia, we might guarantee a defeat for the DREAM Act amnesty.

The pro-amnesty side is counting all but Goodwin as a definite YES on amnesty — and Goodwin as simply “unclear.”

The pro-amnesty side is out-phoning your Senators right now. We need every one of you who live in Virgina and West Virginia to pick up a phone and make your voice heard.

(D-Virgina) Sen. Warner
D.C. Office: 202-224-2023
Local Office: 703-442-0670

(D-Virginia) Sen. Webb
D.C. Office: 202-224-4024
Local Office: 804-771-2221

(D-West Virginia) Sen. Goodwin
D.C. Office: 202-224-3954
Local Office: 304-342-5855

(D-West Virginia) Sen. Rockefeller
D.C. Office: 202-224-6472
Local Office: 304-347-5372

These are four Democrats with a decided tilt in favor of illegal immigration but representing states that overwhelmingly oppose it.

There is no reason other than blind Party loyalty for these four Senators to be considered likely YES votes for amnesty.

Please overwhelm these Senators with your phone calls.

Pro-amnesty zealots are predicting that a massive, last-minute phone bank effort by the website DailyKos and the SEIU unions will bury our anti-amnesty voices today. (See the boasts lower in this email.)

They claim that they have processed more than 60,000 pro-amnesty phone calls to Congress through their phone banks!

We need your phone calls, urging opposition to any amnesty for illegal aliens during this time of incredible unemployment.

NumbersUSA had grassroots activists in the Capitol yesterday visiting nearly every Senate office. In many offices, staffers said your phone calls are matching the pro-amnesty calls 50-50. But many more said we are losing 40-60 and by even more.

Friends, always in the past, Senators have faced an amnesty vote knowing that phone calls were running 80-20 and even 99-1 in our favor. It is part of the reason we have beaten every amnesty since 2000.

Please don’t let yourself or your country down by failing to make a critical phone call today (and hopefully several of them).

CONGRESSIONAL SWITCHBOARD — 202-224-3121

It appears that the vote today will be very close. If the Senate Leadership succeeds in its first vote today, we seem likely to have a second vote on Wednesday. Senators are being lobbied furiously by the pro-amnesty forces. They and their staffs need to hear from you.

When you phone, stress that:

* DREAM amnesty has zero enforcement. Illegal-alien teenagers are in their current predicament because their parents were allowed to illegally take jobs and then hold them. The DREAM amnesty would allow millions more parents to do the same in the future.

* Millions more illegal aliens will be enticed to come and take U.S. jobs once they see the way previous illegal aliens are rewarded by the DREAM amnesty.

* This new flow of illegal workers will further the suffering of 22 million unemployed Americans who want a job but can’t find one.

* A vote for DREAM amnesty is a vote in favor of bringing in more illegal foreign workers and keeping millions of Americans jobless.

PRO-AMNESTY BLOG BOASTS ABOUT OVERWHELMING US
IN THE PHONE ACTIVISM EFFORT

On the immigration law website called ILW.com today, we found this troubling boast:

Democratic activists across the country are banding together for the largest phone call campaign in pro-immigration history.

DailyKos, one of the most important progressive websites has joined forces with the Service Employees International Union, the most pro-immigration among the major unions, to phone bank the Senate switchboard into a jammed state.

We believe this will be the first time ever that the pro-immigration calls will out-number the anti-immigrationists. We congratulate both DailyKos and SEIU on this outstanding initiative and we urge our readers to participate, seehere for how.

In the past, those Senators who wanted to weasel out of supporting immigration benefits legislation have pointed to the lop-sided numbers in phone calls for and against. The numbers often cited by such nervous Senators were 1-to-40, 1-to-70, and even 1-to-100 against the pro-side.

For the first time, these nervous nellies will have the kind of numbers they have demanded from pro-immigration advocates; the better phone ratios will provide political cover for YES votes on DREAM.

With grassroots pro-immigration supporters lighting up the phone-lines across the country, the spotlight is now on the Democratic leadership, especially President Obama and Majority Leader Reid to ensure that there are no Democratic defections on DREAM.

— From the ILW.com pro-amnesty website

Click here to read about the DREAM Act amnesty that Senate leaders are trying to attach to the Defense Authorization bill.

IF YOU HAVE NEVER PHONED A SENATE OFFICE BEFORE, let me assure you that it can be very easy.

1. Just call and say hello to the staffer who answers.

2. Say you are calling in opposition to including the DREAM Act amnesty in the Defense bill.

3. You can give maybe one reason why you think DREAM is a bad idea.

4. Thank the staffer for listening and say good-bye.

Friends, it is most important that you get these Senators’ staffers thinking about DREAM in terms of jobs and unemployed Americans.

Friends, it is most important that you get these Senators’ staffers thinking about DREAM in terms of jobs and unemployed Americans.

PLEASE DON’T DELAY. MAKE YOUR PHONE CALLS NOW.

THANKS,

Roy Beck’s signature

Roy Beck, President NumbersUSA


2 posted on 09/21/2010 8:11:19 AM PDT by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: unspun

They are also adding a repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and massive defense cuts to this bill.


3 posted on 09/21/2010 8:11:20 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: unspun

Called Scott Brown’s DC office this AM. Had to wait 5-6 minutes to get a human. Told the girl answering that I wanted Sen Brown to vote No today. She went off on a riff about Sen Brown feels the Dream Act is backdoor amnesty and he’s against it but this is only a cloture vote. I told her I didn’t like that she was trying to tread such a fine line - “Is he a no vote on cloture?” She wouldn’t answer directly - just started into her riff again like I had hit the rewind button.

Tried to get thru to Kay Barely Republican in DC and her TX offices. All lines busy.


4 posted on 09/21/2010 8:19:16 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: unspun

Today is an occult holiday, too. Sept 21. The vote is scheduled for 2:15. Get it? Apparently, this date is a minor holiday but does require human sacrifice.


5 posted on 09/21/2010 8:21:14 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: unspun

They’ll be regristering these turds to vote tonite, if they even think they mite go to college some day. Yep, if this bit of treason passes it’ll be used to sign up all 18 yrs. or more and those who just claim they are 18 no questions asked.


6 posted on 09/21/2010 8:23:23 AM PDT by Waco (From Seward to Sarah)
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To: unspun
Sorry to be so negative (I wrote late last week), but the "Ds" can always count on some RINOS to back them with their social TRANSFORMATION of America. I am sure that Harry can count on the Maine RINO twins, or maybe Graham in voting with the D caucus. IT WILL PASS or he would not be bringing it up for a vote.

Another notch in the boy king's belt for TRANSFORMING America - rewarding lawbreakers. Many of these "kids" have been here for decades and have done NOTHING about securing their "documents". So after this passes, my grandchild will have to pay for out of state tuition when he goes off to another state Univ all the while sitting right across from an ILLEGAL ALIEN who now get citizenship and "FREE"? higher education?????? Seems fair to me. /s

As for DADT, that should WAIT until the DOD has finished its evaluation - there is no reason to pass repeal of DADT other than for political purposes - but then everything the Corruptocrats do in the District of Corruption is for their own reelection - they could care less what "WE THE PEOPLE WANT".
7 posted on 09/21/2010 8:26:54 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Paine in the Neck

“he’s against it but this is only a cloture vote”

This kind of thinking is so sick, in addition to just being a dangerous game to play. Why open the door at all if you’re against the bill? What do people like Brown think will happen if they let this even come to the floor for discussion? We need to let these clowns know that we consider a vote in favor of ending cloture the same as a “yes” vote.


8 posted on 09/21/2010 8:39:09 AM PDT by sijay
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To: unspun

Mark Pryor is a definite NO on the Dream Act. I just called his office.


9 posted on 09/21/2010 9:00:11 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Paine in the Neck

Sen. Pryor of Arkansas - office says he is NO on Dream Act.

202-224-2353

501-324-6336


10 posted on 09/21/2010 9:01:55 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: unspun; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

Ping!


11 posted on 09/21/2010 9:14:07 AM PDT by HiJinx (I can see November from my front porch - and Mexico from the back.)
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To: unspun

I must be missing where our usual spokepersons on our side are out there informing people on this deceit today.


12 posted on 09/21/2010 9:16:40 AM PDT by dforest
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To: indylindy

“I must be missing where our usual spokepersons on our side are out there informing people on this deceit today.”

I’m wondering that myself. Seems as if Laura Ingraham is carrying the water alone for this one. I’m still trying to get through to some of the Senate leaders to tell them not to let this get to the floor. You would think they would be out there explaining what’s in this bill, if they’ve bothered to read it yet.


13 posted on 09/21/2010 9:26:20 AM PDT by sijay
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To: unspun

Abortion........Homosexuality.....Amnesty for Illegals......

Silly me. I thought the Defense Appropriations Bill was supposed to fund our men and women serving this great nation.


14 posted on 09/21/2010 9:31:13 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

“Silly me. I thought the Defense Appropriations Bill was supposed to fund our men and women serving this great nation.”

In this case it’s just another one of their Trojan horses. They’re hoping we’re all silly enough to just read the title of the bill. Unfortunately, I afraid too many in office will do just that.


15 posted on 09/21/2010 9:37:50 AM PDT by sijay
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To: sijay

This irritates the heck out of me. Laura was on it good. Rush hasn’t even mentioned it yet.


16 posted on 09/21/2010 9:40:17 AM PDT by dforest
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To: indylindy

“This irritates the heck out of me. Laura was on it good. Rush hasn’t even mentioned it yet.”

I’m really steamed about it too. You’d think they could put all this other stuff on the back burner just for a few hours. We need to stop this kind of nonsense before it gets out of control.


17 posted on 09/21/2010 9:47:54 AM PDT by sijay
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To: ckilmer

Looking for some clarification on the rules. IF this vote is passed, will they then take up each amendment individually? Can someone tell me?


18 posted on 09/21/2010 9:51:54 AM PDT by rightthinkingwoman
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To: indylindy; All
I sent Rush and email.

I don't know if he'll mention it.

I can't believe the democrats and the liberal mainstream media sneaked Amnesty through and Rush, Hannity, etc. don't know about it or don't care.

As far as I know only Laura Ingraham, and Michele Malkin, and SOME freepers are on this subject , informing people on what the Democrats/socialists are trying to do with this Dream Act etc..

19 posted on 09/21/2010 9:52:16 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: indylindy; All
I sent Rush an email.

I don't know if he'll mention it.

I can't believe the democrats and the liberal mainstream media sneaked Amnesty through and Rush, Hannity, etc. don't know about it or don't care.

As far as I know only Laura Ingraham, and Michele Malkin, and SOME freepers are on this subject , informing people on what the Democrats/socialists are trying to do with this Dream Act etc..

How could the democrats/socialists slipped all these monstrosities, Amnesty etc. without hardly any people on our side noticing or caring?

I hope it is defeated though.

20 posted on 09/21/2010 9:55:32 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: Democrat_media

I about blew a gasket when Rush was talking about football a few minutes ago.

Does he not see that if this gets passed, nothing else he says matters.


21 posted on 09/21/2010 9:55:45 AM PDT by dforest
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To: indylindy; All
I don't understand why Rush , Hannity etc. haven't mentioned it but only Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin have.

You are right . This bill must not pass. All that other stuff they are talking about doesn't matter ,including football.

I made a post yesterday asking freepers to email Rush, Hannity etc.

Maybe if some more of us email or call Rush , then Rush will get the message and mention it before it is too late.

22 posted on 09/21/2010 10:01:18 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: unspun

Failed 56 44


23 posted on 09/21/2010 12:12:23 PM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: HOYA97; Admin Moderator

Can we change the title?? WE WON!!!!!


24 posted on 09/21/2010 12:14:34 PM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: HOYA97

Is there a list of votes on it? I’m dying to see the defecting Dems.


25 posted on 09/21/2010 12:16:15 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Chuck Norris wears Carl Paladino pajamas.)
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To: HOYA97

Go to CSPAN2 and listen to the whining.

Those of you who called & wrote; you had effect on target.


26 posted on 09/21/2010 12:17:12 PM PDT by Gulf War One
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Here you go:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00238
27 posted on 09/21/2010 1:41:50 PM PDT by DangerZone
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To: DangerZone

Thanks. :)


28 posted on 09/21/2010 1:52:47 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Chuck Norris wears Carl Paladino pajamas.)
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