Not many eyes have seen the new Senate health care bill being rushed through this week, but National Right to Life has and the news is bad, though not unexpected: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has rejected the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts Amendment and has substituted completely unacceptable language that would result in coverage of abortion on demand in two big new federal government programs.
UPDATE: AP reports Thursday, Nov. 20, that the White House is on a collision course with U.S. Bishops; a top Obama administration official praised Reid’s bill as a compromise on abortion coverage while the bishops’ key pro-life official called it the worst they’ve seen on the life issues.
Abortion in health reform clearly runs counter to where the American people are, and have been a long time. To cite just two examples of where the public is on this, a CNN poll released Nov. 18 found that
“Six in 10 Americans favor a ban on the use of federal funds for abortion,” even though the wording was designed to elicit the opposite results. A less biased question found that 67% did not favor measures “that would require people to pay for abortion coverage with their federal taxes.”
To keep up to date on the latest developments in the health reforms, go to http://nrlactioncenter.com, and for the proposals affecting end of life rationing see http://powellcenterformedicalethics.blogspot.com.