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Antonio A
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Posted - Nov 10 2009 :  12:23:40 AM  Show Profile Send Antonio A a Private Message
This is enough to make one think, unless one "pretends" to be a Roman Catholic.

Florida lawmaker confident abortion restrictions will be stripped from health care bill


Washington D.C., Nov 9, 2009 / 07:30 pm (CNA).- In a statement Monday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) asserted that the Stupak Amendment currently preventing federally funded abortions in the House health care bill will be removed.

“I am confident that when it comes back from the conference committee that that language won't be there,” Wasserman Schultz told MSNBC, adding, “I think we're all going to be working very hard, particularly the pro-choice members, to make sure that's the case.”

The language in the Stupak Amendment not only prevents abortion coverage in the public insurance option but also prohibits private plans from offering coverage for abortions if they accept individuals who are receiving government subsidies.

Without the Stupak amendment the House would not have been able to amass enough votes to pass the current health care bill, which passed by a margin of 220 votes in favor to 215 against.

The opportunity to remove the Stupak Amendment will come during the conference between the House and Senate bills, and pro-abortion Democrats are reportedly working hard to ensure its removal.

“It was extremely painful for me to feel compelled to vote for a bill that contained that kind of restriction on a woman's ability to make her own reproductive choices,” said Wasserman Shultz on Monday.

The Senate version of health care overhaul legislation must still be voted on. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said that the Senate may not pass a health care bill by the end of his self-imposed Christmas deadline, though President Obama has pressed his concern that the health care reform be finished by the end of the year.


Antonio A. Obregón

GScheid
Mary's Servant



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Posted - Nov 12 2009 :  12:22:12 PM  Show Profile Send GScheid a Private Message
Stupak amendment: 'Terrible defeat' for pro-lifers
Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 11/11/2009 7:35:00 AMA Catholic pro-life activist is criticizing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and others who have declared passage of the Stupak amendment to the House healthcare bill a pro-life victory.



Catholic bishops and other right-to-life groups have praised House approval of the Stupak amendment that bans federal funding of abortion in the public health insurance option, but Judie Brown of the American Life League (ALL) says the amendment is a "terrible defeat" for pro-lifers. Brown reports that the Stupak amendment would still permit taxpayers to pay for some abortions.

"It will allow taxpayers to pay for abortions in the cases of rape, incest, life of the mother, and quite possibly even more than that," the ALL president contends. "And the bigger problem with the Stupak amendment is that while it may be viewed by some people as being an incredible victory for the pro-life movement, the fact of the matter is it does not bode well for us being able to protect human beings in the long term."

Brown argues that the Stupak amendment allows individuals to separately purchase plans that cover abortion, "expands access to abortifacient contraception, expands funding for Planned Parenthood, has provisions for euthanasia, and has no conscience protection for healthcare workers."



The ALL leader argues that without the support of the Catholic bishops and groups like National Right to Life, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) could not have passed. Those groups, she states, "have traded millions of lives for political 'success.'"



National Right to Life, meanwhile, has warned that the Stupak amendment may ultimately be removed from the final version of healthcare reform legislation.



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Antonio A
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Posted - Nov 12 2009 :  10:10:47 PM  Show Profile Send Antonio A a Private Message
GScheid,

"It will allow taxpayers to pay for abortions in the cases of rape, incest, life of the mother, and quite possibly even more than that," the ALL president contends. "And the bigger problem with the Stupak amendment is that while it may be viewed by some people as being an incredible victory for the pro-life movement, the fact of the matter is it does not bode well for us being able to protect human beings in the long term."

Brown argues that the Stupak amendment allows individuals to separately purchase plans that cover abortion, "expands access to abortifacient contraception, expands funding for Planned Parenthood, has provisions for euthanasia, and has no conscience protection for healthcare workers."

And I'm having a hard time believing the U.S. Bishops do not know this. How could they not know it? Are they that naive?




Antonio A. Obregón

Edited by - Antonio A on Nov 12 2009 10:11:15 PM
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