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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fight focuses on bill to ban federal funding of abortions

According to abortion activists, the "whole purpose of health care reform" included diverting our tax dollars into their clinics to pay for elective abortions.
According to "Pro-choice activist spoiling for a fight," The Washington Times, October 24, 2010, Susan A. Cohen, director of government affairs for the Guttmacher Institute, wrote an analysis, "Insurance Coverage of Abortion: The Battle to Date and the Battle to Come." Ms. Cohen's analysis starts with a review of how abortion was handled in this year's debate over health care reform:
"The whole purpose of health care reform was to expand coverage of basic health services, which logically should include the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion," she wrote.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, introduced this summer by veteran pro-life leader Mr. Smith and 183 co-sponsors, will be used to "demagogue against abortion" in health care, Ms. Cohen predicted. In fact, the Smith bill is so sweeping, Ms. Cohen added, that it could be a "a clear political, communications and legal road map" for the anti-abortion movement.
My friend Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) (pictured with me at left at a White House event during which Pres. Bush signed into law the cord blood legislation he had sponsored) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) have introduced a strong bill to permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion in every federal program. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act will establish a government-wide statutory prohibition on abortion funding. This bipartisan pro-life bill (read the full text of the HR 5939 bill here) already has 184 cosponsors--22 Democrats and 166 Republicans.

Action:
Urge your Representative to keep your tax dollars from funding abortion by cosponsoring the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The first list below names Representatives who have not yet cosponsored the bill but did vote for the similar Stupak-Pitts amendment. The second lists those who have cosponsored the bill.

Republicans who voted for Stupak/Pitts and have NOT cosponsored HR 5939:
Biggert
Bono Mack
Capito
Castle
Dent
Djou
Dreier
Frelinghuysen
Hastings
Heller
Kirk
Lance
Mack, C.
Nunes
Reichert
Young, B
Young, D

Democrats who voted for Stupak/Pitts and have NOT yet cosponsored HR 5939
Baca
Barrow
Berry
Bishop
Boccieri
Cardoza
Chandler
Cooper
Costa
Davis (AL)
Doyle
Etheridge
Gordon
Hill
Holden
Kaptur
Kildee
Langevin
Lynch
Matheson
Michaud
Mollohan
Neal
Obey
Perriello
Pomeroy
Reyes
Rodriguez
Ryan (OH)
Salazar
Shuler (NC)
Skelton (MO)
Snyder
Space
Spratt
Stupak
Tanner
Teague


157 Original Cosponsors: Smith, C., Lipinski, Aderholt, Akin, Alexander, Austria, Bachmann, Bachus, Barrett, G., Bartlett, Barton, Bilirakis, Bishop, R., Blackburn, Blunt, Boehner, Bonner, Boozman, Boren, Boustany, Brady, K., Bright, Broun, Brown, H., Brown-Waite, Buchanan, Burgess, Burton, Buyer, Camp, Campbell, Cantor, Cao, Carter, Cassidy, Childers, Coble, Coffman, Cole, Conaway, Costello, Crenshaw, Critz, Culberson, Dahlkemper, Davis, G., Davis, L., Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Donnelly, Duncan, Elhers, Ellsworth, Emerson, Fallin, Fleming, Forbes, Fortenberry, Foxx, Franks, Gallegly, Garrett, Gingrey, Gohmert, Goodlatte, Granger, Graves, Griffith, Guthrie, Hall, R., Harper, Hensarling, Herger, Hoekstra, Hunter, Inglis, Issa, Johnson, S., Johnson, T., Jones, W., Jordan, Kanjorski, King, P., King, S., Kingston, Kline, Lamborn, Latourette, Latta, Linder, Luetkemeyer, Lummis, Lungren, Manzullo, Marchant, Marshall, McCarthy, H., McCaul, McClintock, McCotter, McHenry, McIntyre, McKeon, McMorris Rodgers, Mica, Miller, C., Miller, Gary, Moran, J., Murphy, T., Myrick, Neugebauer, Oberstar, Olson, Ortiz, Paulsen, Pence, Peterson, Pitts, Platts, Poe, Posey, Price, T., Radanovich, Rahall, Roe, Rogers (AL), Rogers (MI), Rogers, Hal, Roskam, Ros-Lehtinen, Ryan, P., Scalise, Schmidt, Schock, Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shadegg, Shimkus, Shuster, Smith, A., Smith, L., Stearns, Sullivan, Taylor, Terry, Thompson, G., Thornberry, Tiahrt, Tiberi, Turner, Upton, Wamp, Westmoreland, Whitfield, Wilson, J., Wittman, Wolf

29 Added Cosponsors: Altmire, Bilbray, Calvert, Carney, Chaffetz, Cuellar, Driehaus, Flake, Gerlach, Graves, T., Jenkins, Melancon, Miller (FL), Latham, Lee, C., Lewis, J., LoBiondo, Lucas, Paul (TX), Petri, Putnam, Rehberg, Rohrabacher, Rooney, Ross, Royce, Simpson, Walden, Wilson, C.

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