In a major about face the US House of Representatives approved President Obama’s controversial Healthcare Bill. The Democrats led by Rep Bart Stupak who had held out until the bitter end, finally succumbed to the promise of an executive order by President Obama to address concerns about abortion funding.
Pro-Life organizations have been unanimous in their condemnation of the outcome.
"ObamaCare" according to Concerned Women for America (CWA) Creates the "Largest Expansion of Abortion Since 'Roe v. Wade'" Americans according to CWA spoke loud and clear as they repeatedly urged Congress to "Kill the Bill. Congress instead gave them a massive government takeover of the nation's health care system. The sweeping government takeover of health care will according to CWA -
fund abortion, ration care, cut benefits to seniors, raise taxes on small business and middle-class American families, force all Americans to buy insurance or pay taxes,create over a hundred new government bureaucracies, and,give special backroom deals to legislators in certain states.
The CWA statement continued
"This is the biggest expansion of abortion funding since Roe v. Wade. And a flimsy promise of an executive order from the President may make it more comfortable for "pro- life" Democrats like Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) to vote for the bill, but in the end, such an illusory promise is not even worth the paper on which it's written. Backroom deals and compromises will not soften the blow of this attack on life and liberty as we know and enjoy it. Americans will not forget those Members of Congress who refused to listen to them. They will make their voices heard in November."The full statement can be viewed on this link
Americans United for Life in a statement said
"Today, Congress ignored the explicit wishes of the American people by voting to establish taxpayer- funded abortion. This reversal of long-standing federal policy will not stand. Furthermore, the assurance by the White House to address the problem of abortion funding in the health care bill through use of an executive order is an open acknowledgement that the bill just passed is pro-abortion legislation.
"The AUL legal team has concluded that an executive order is not an adequate fix to mitigate this legislation's establishment of taxpayer-funded abortion. An executive order, for example, cannot prevent insurance companies that pay for abortions in the exchanges from receiving federal subsidies. "We will work to dismantle taxpayer-funded abortion at the federal level and begin an aggressive, state-by- state campaign to help states opt out of subsidizing plans that cover abortions through their exchanges. We will also seek every opportunity to litigate this matter in the courts. Given that seven out of ten voters agree that no public funds should pay for abortion, I am confident that with hard work we will succeed.
AUL also issued a statement explaining why the Executive order is inadequate in preventing tax funded abortion
Susan B Anthony list President Marjorie Dannenfelser, in response to Rep. Bart Stupak's announcement that he and the other Democrats who had held out against the measure would vote in favor of it with the promise of an Executive Order from the White House to address their concerns about abortion funding, issued the following statement:
"This Wednesday night is our third annual Campaign for Life Gala, where we were planning to honor Congressman Stupak for his efforts to keep abortion-funding out of health care reform-We will no longer be doing so. By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion President in American history, Stupak has not only failed to stand strong for unborn children, but also for his constituents and pro-life voters across the country."