Thank You Leader Boehner!
By Matt Smith
Yesterday, Catholic Advocate President Deal Hudson asked:
This afternoon, Minority Leader John Boehner (R, Ohio – 8th), a Catholic, answered the call.
“The Stupak-Pitts amendment — which reflects the will of the American people on the issue of federal funding of abortion — is supported by a bipartisan majority in the House but was excluded from the President’s proposal…”
“Pro-life Democrats in the House have already pledged to vote against this provision. Health care reform should be an opportunity to protect human life — not end it. This fundamental issue isn’t even listed as a topic for discussion at the summit.”
Leader Boehner had requested the White House invite Congressman Bart Stupak (D, Michigan – 2nd) to the summit because of the key role he played in successfully adding an amendment ensuring the sanctity of life was preserved during the House of Representatives’ debate.
With Congressman Stupak not in attendance, Leader Boehner carried the banner for the unborn by directly telling President Obama that Americans do not want abortion funding in any version of health care reform.
Catholic Advocate updated our community in advance of the summit with “What specifically should concern American Catholics?” about the White House proposal still embracing a majority of the Christmas Eve Senate-passed health care reform legislation.
“The Senate legislation does not include the Stupak-Pitts language. The approach, endorsed by the White House on February 22, 2010, allows subsidies for abortion coverage and even directly funds abortion through grants to community health centers. National Right to Life pointed out that by increasing funding for community health centers to $11 billion without ensuring funds cannot be used to pay for abortion, the President’s proposal actually expands abortion, with more money than the previous version included. Additional concerns, including conscience protection issues and back door abortion mandates, also remain within the President’s proposal to the same extent as they existed in the Senate bill.”
Catholic Advocate thanks Congressman Boehner for his leadership at the White House Health Care Summit.