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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rep. Fleming offers conscience-protecting amendment to House funding resolution

The House reconvened at 10 am. this morning to again take up consideration of HR 1, the Continuing Resolution (CR), which basically keeps the government going with funding apart from in-depth budgeting legislation. The CR contains a number of pro-life improvements including reinstating the ban on all taxpayer funding for elective abortion in the District of Columbia, reinstating the Mexico City Policy, eliminating funding for UNFPA, eliminating funding Title X and reducing funding for international population control and family planning funding. 
A couple important amendments that may be offered soon on the Continuing Resolution include:
Conscience Protection

I met recently with Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a pro-life physician who is offering Amendment #54, which would prevent any funds made available under the CR from being used to rescind or otherwise alter the good conscience protection regulation currently in effect. This regulation implements three existing federal conscience laws and provide an opportunity for individuals experiencing discrimination to file a complaint with the HHS Office of Civil Rights. If the regulation is rescinded, it will be much more difficult for individuals to seek protection under existing conscience laws.
Planned Parenthood
I also met recently with Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), an impressive leader and person of faith who has introduced Amendment #11, which would prevent any funds made available under the CR from being provided to Planned Parenthood. The amendment states “None of the funds made available by this Act may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any of the following affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of American, Inc.” and lists all Planned Parenthood Affiliates.
Action: Urge your Representative to vote YES on these and other pro-life amendments to the Continuing Resolution.

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