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Continuing to Fight for Life in the Health Care Bill

On Thursday, April 22, 2010, Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) announced the introduction of H.R. 5111, the Protect Life Act, to fix the abortion language in the recently signed Obama health care bill. The Protect Life Act already includes a bi-partisan list of 50 co-sponsors. The Catholic Advocate community might remember the original pro-life effort to the health care legislation was the Stupak-Pitts amendment. While Congressman Stupak has announced his retirement, Congressman Pitts is demonstrating his commitment to life by continuing the fight.

According to Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R, KS-04):

“Specifically, the Protect Life Act amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prevent federal funding for abortion or abortion coverage through government exchanges, community health centers, or any other program funded or created by PPACA. Additionally, the bill protects the right of conscience for healthcare professionals and ensures that private insurance companies are not forced to cover abortion.”

Thursday’s action follows on the heels of Catholic Advocate joining with 52 other pro-life organizations to send a joint letter to all Members of Congress on Monday, April 19, 2010 detailing the flaws in the Obama Health Care Executive Order.

The letter concludes by saying:

“The deadly effect of the new health care law will not go unnoticed by the American public. Pro-life organizations are working together to ensure that the anti-life policies included in the Act and reiterated by the Executive Order are removed and that the Hyde amendment principles are restored. We will not cease in our pursuit to respectfully and deliberately advance the right to life and protect the vulnerable unborn.”

The introduction of H.R. 5111, the Protect Life Act is a positive step in restoring the Hyde amendment language to the health care bill and protecting the unborn.

Thank you Congressman Pitts and the 50 original co-sponsors!

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2 Responses to Continuing to Fight for Life in the Health Care Bill

  1. guest says:

    Since this article has been published, HR 5111 has been referred to committee.

    The Subcommittee on House Energy and Commerce

    Guess who is on that committee???? Rep Tammy Baldwin who represents Federal Wisconsin District #2.

    The Madison Diocese has many towns and cities in District #2. They are:
    Baraboo
    Prairie du Sac
    Mt. Horeb
    Verona
    Monroe
    Waunakee
    Madison
    Fitchburg
    Stougton
    Edgerton
    Beloit
    Cottage Grove
    Sun Prairie
    DeForest
    Columbus
    Fort Atkinson
    Whitewater

    It is most urgent that the parishes in District #2 print news of HR 5111 in their bulletins so that
    an overwhelming letter and email campaign can be sent to Ms. Baldwin. There are hundreds of
    other bill introductions just piled up for this committee to look at. The people need to prompt
    Ms. Baldwin to pay attention to HR 5111 ahead of other bills.

    The Catholic Bishops could also help by reviewing the committee members and then matching
    the representatives on this committee to the dioceses and asking for urgent response from the
    people.

    If the majority of people in this country believe anti-abortion, they have to show it and show it now.
    Each committee member needs to see the voter interest.

    Why should committee members’ voting districts be targeted? Because the letters and email sent-from addresses are matched and then routed to respective representatives.

    Thank you for your time and interest.

  2. Theresa Jordan says:

    Why is it necessary for us to be from District #2 when they are serving on a committee that should be representative of all Americans, shouldn’t they?

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