Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, has joined other pro-life leaders in promoting a Void the Abortion Mandate Campaign, an initiative designed to demand that Congress explicitly ban federal funding of abortions in health care reform.
This campaign brings to light the efforts of many pro-life leaders in Congress to ban abortion from health care. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the Senate have repeatedly sought to put bans on the federal funding of abortions into the Senate Health Care Reform Bill while the bill was still in subcommittee. Doing so would prevent pro-abortion champion Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebellius from being given the power to declare abortion a medical necessity, which would prompt heavy federal funding of abortions.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) in the House have sought to put a ban on federal funding of abortions into HR 3200, the House Bill, supported by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). They have all been denied any amendment to ban abortion funding in subcommittee. Instead of allowing for a ban, the pro-abortion leadership in the House put together a so-called ‘compromise,’ the Capps-Waxman Amendment, which forces every person on the public plan to pay for abortions out of their premiums, using an accounting gimmick to claim that the abortions are not being federally funded, but deliberately planning for massive payments from the U.S. Treasury to the Abortion Industry. This makes matters far worse – a “phony compromise” in the words of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI).
Unfortunately for the pro-abortion leadership, popular opinion shows that putting abortion funding into the health care bill turns away five voters for every voter it gains, according to the recent poll released by Susan B. Anthony List. Pro-life activists from across the nation are uniting to sign a massive petition to void the abortion mandate check from the federal treasury to the abortion industry.
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