Skip to comments.Obama vows to veto Protect Life Act - critical vote scheduled for tomorrow
Posted on 10/12/2011 2:08:43 PM PDT by NYer
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 12, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) President Barack Obama has promised to veto a bill strongly backed by pro-life leaders as a last-ditch effort to dodge the potentially massive expansion of abortion under the new federal healthcare reform law.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced last week that the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358, will be considered in the House of Representatives on Thursday. The measure would amend President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to reflect the Hyde amendment by prohibiting taxpayer dollars from funding any health plan that includes coverage of elective abortions. The measure retains Hyde’s exception for abortions performed due to the child’s conception in rape or incest or to save the mother’s life.
The bill also makes clear that no health insurance carrier may be forced to provide coverage of abortion in any of its health plans, and strengthens the conscience rights of health care workers and institutions to reject abortion training, procedures, or referrals.
President Obama, whose administration fought vigorously last year to keep Hyde amendment language out of the health care bill, announced that he “strongly opposes” the bill because it “intrudes on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care,” claiming the health care bill already preserves federal policy against tax funding for abortion.
“H.R. 358 goes well beyond the safeguards found in current law and reinforced in the Presidents Executive Order by restricting womens private insurance choices,” said the White House in a statement Wednesday. “If the President is presented with H.R. 358, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”
Pro-life leaders, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, contend that the bill is critical for preserving the status quo on abortion and conscience rights in the face of a health reform that promises to drastically alter the landscape of the abortion battle in America.
The health bill has already led to a major expansion of the abortion industry: health officials announced this summer that virtually ever private insurer, including sectarian institutions, would soon be forced to offer free contraception, abortifacient birth control, and sterilization in its health plans as part of an essential “preventive care” package.
Click here to contact members of the House via the National Right to Life Committee.
Well, we can’t really beg for mercy from Him anymore for this.
That one Dr. in FL spoke of seeing little aborted babies who were still alive in a toilet, their little feet wiggling, struggling to stay alive.
Madness. Institutionalized, government-sanctioned madness.
It’s really a tragedy that his mother didn’t abort him. The country would surely have been better off.
When Obama was in Illinois Senate, he voted against the “born alive” bill. This bill stated that infants who were born during a mid-term abortion and remained alive was to receive medical treatment. Babies born during late term abortions are NOT born alive because of the method they are born.
Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t he promise his bill would NOT fund abortion to get it passed?
This is Mac daddies favorite charity, Ripping apart the most innocent with tax layers money.
Excuse me...what are you talking about? I prefer to pray directly to Jesus. He has invited me to do so...
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