A Vote for Cloture Is a Vote for Abortion
By Deal Hudson
As reported at the Catholic Key Blog, National Right to Life is scoring a vote for cloture on the Senate health care bill as a vote for abortion. Catholic Advocate will follow suit and add the cloture vote to its Congressional scorecard.
Douglas Johnson, legislative director of National Right to Life explains:
The Manager’s Amendment is light years removed from the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was approved by the House of Representatives on November 8 by a bipartisan vote of 240-194. The new abortion language solves none of the fundamental abortion-related problems with the Senate bill, and it actually creates some new abortion-related problems.
NRLC will score the upcoming roll call votes on cloture on the Reid Manager’s Amendment, and on the underlying bill, as votes in favor of legislation to allow the federal government to subsidize private insurance plans that cover abortion on demand, to oversee multi-state plans that cover elective abortions, and to empower federal officials to mandate that private health plans cover abortions even if they do not accept subsidized enrollees, among other problems.
As the reality of Ben Nelson’s betrayal of the pro-life cause sinks in further, I have been asking myself how he could put a price tag on the value of protecting innocent human life.
So what if the state of Nebraska saves hundreds of millions of dollars of Medicaid payments in the years to come! How can that compare to the thousands, and eventually millions, of aborted children that will directly result from federal funding for abortion? (Studies consistently show that government funding increases the number of abortions by 20-30 percent.)
Cong. Bart Stupak has already stated his opposition to the Senate version of the bill, calling it “unacceptable.” You can bet deals will be offered to the 62 Democrat members who voted for Stupak-Pitts. Stupak himself will be put through an unbelievable pounding in the press and by abortion enthusiasts.
Pelosi will do all she can to twist the arms of those House members she needs to pass the bill by Christmas. There will be a lot of sore arms flying home late on Christmas Eve. But how many will be broken? We will see.