Thursday, September 17, 2009

Abortion Funding: Democrat Appears to Say Obama is Lying

Congressman Bart Stupek, a pro-life Democrat from Michigan, in a TV interview said that President Obama's assurances that no federal funding of abortion is part of health care legislation "is just not true" and that he is "disappointed" that the President continues to make the claim.

Abortion is not health care. It is always and everywhere wrong to intentionally kill our innocent neighbors in the womb.

-- From "Setting the record straight on health care" by Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Penn 16th) writing in the Pottstown Mercury 9/17/09

In his address last week, President Obama laid out his case for health care reform. I firmly believe that we need reform, but I do not support the House Democrats' plan. The President made his case before Congress with passion, but I believe there are some issues that he was not perfectly clear on.

During his speech, the president asserted that no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions. When the Energy and Commerce Committee considered H.R. 3200, I worked together with my Democratic colleague, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), to offer amendments that would have continued the current policy of prohibiting federal dollars from funding abortion or plans that include abortion.

Committee Chairman Waxman worked to defeat these amendments and the current bill contains only accounting gimmicks that do nothing to prevent government-funded abortion. In regard to the current bill, Rep. Stupak maintains, "You're funding the public option; it will be part of the public option; and the Treasury will write checks to plans for abortion."

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From "Congressman Bart Stupak, Democrat, Defending the Right to Life in Heath Care" by Deacon Keith Fournier, Catholic Online 9/17/09

On September 16, 2009, Congressman Stupak gave an interview to Megyn Kelly of Fox news in which he strongly contended that President Obama's assurances that funding abortion is simply not going to happen are not reliable. In fact, he said it "is just not true" and that he is "disappointed" that the President continues to make the claim.

Yet the President has sent Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius out to ride point on the issue after making just such an explicit claim in his recent address to both Houses of Congress. In an interview with the Washington Post on September 15, 2009, the Secretary could not have been clearer in underscoring the claim, responding to a direct question with this assertion: "Well, the President has made it pretty clear that Congress and the new health insurance plan will not provide federal funds for abortions".

However, this Pro-Life Congressman, from the President's own Party, is not buying these assurances. He is from Michigan but his behavior reminds me of the old adage "I'm from Missouri". In other words, "Show Me." In this, he gives us all a great example of how we must respond to such assurances. Congressman Stupak is ready to act to make sure that not one Federal dollar is spent to shed the innocent blood of our youngest neighbors.

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