|Volume 38, Number 2 www.nrlc.org February 2011|
Advance NRLC-Backed Measures in U.S. House,
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 23, 2011)—Pro-life forces in Washington are on the move, as multiple pieces of pro-life legislation are advancing simultaneously in and through the U.S. House of Representatives—which is now controlled by a pro-life Republican majority.
However, pro-abortion forces are vowing to block the pro-life initiatives in the Senate, where Democrats still hold control, or by prevailing on President Obama to employ his veto pen.
An initial batch of pro-life victories occurred in the House during the third week of February. The House spent that week considering an appropriations bill (H.R. 1) to fund the entire federal government for the rest of the current federal fiscal year (through September 30).
When H.R. 1 reached the House floor, the bill already contained several important pro-life provisions sought by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), including language to restore the “Mexico City Policy,” which was a ban on giving foreign aid funds to private organizations that promote abortion overseas, overturned by President Obama in 2009; language to restore a ban on government-funded abortion in the District of Columbia, which was repealed by Congress and Obama in 2009; and a cutoff of U.S. funding to the pro-abortion United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
On the House floor, pro-abortion lawmakers could have forced separate votes on any of those provisions, but they failed to do so—apparently convinced that they would lose such votes, and preferring to rely on the Senate and President Obama.
Instead, the battle lines formed on an amendment strongly supported by NRLC, filed by Congressman Mike Pence (R-In.), to deny all forms of federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates.
House Lays Groundwork for Repeal of Obama Healthcare Rationing
By Burke J. Balch, J.D.
It is no secret that repeal of the Obama Healthcare Law will require a different President and an increase in the number of pro–repeal U.S. senators. However, the pro–repeal majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has begun to lay the groundwork for its abolition, perhaps in 2013, which would be before the major elements of the law—and the worst rationing–come into effect.
On January 19, the House voted 245–189 to repeal the Obama Healthcare Law. On February 2, the Senate turned back a repeal attempt, with 47 affirmative to 51 negative votes. (See roll calls, pages 18-24.)
The House didn’t stop there. In a series of amendments to a bill funding the U.S. government considered over several days ending February 19, the House voted:
• 241–187 to prevent any funds appropriated by the bill from being used to implement the Obama Health Care Law;
• by similar votes to adopt largely duplicative amendments to prevent paying federal employees or contractors to implement the law;
• to prevent the use of funds to implement particular aspects of the law: 246–182, the individual mandate; 241–185, the medical loss ratio requirements (which limit what insurers can spend to administer health insurance policies); 241–184, the state insurance exchanges; by voice vote, the Independent Payment Advisory Board...
From the President
The Abortion Doctor's Chamber of Horrors
By Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors [emphasis added]. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it [emphasis added]. …
The “Women’s Medical Society”—[t]hat was the impressive-sounding name of the clinic operated in West Philadelphia, at 38th and Lancaster, by Kermit B. Gosnell, M.D. …
But the truth was something very different, and evident to anyone who stepped inside. The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment … was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn’t used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut. And scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house. -- Grand Jury Indictment submitted to the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, 1/14/2011
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