Thursday, January 14, 2010

Important update on the health care battle in Washington, D.C.

Hi all. I received this email from Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President & CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL). Please take a few moments to read this important letter.

Dear Friend,

I want to update you this morning on the health care battle here in Washington, D.C.
The debate on Capitol Hill is reaching a boiling point. The Democratic leadership in Congress has elected to bypass the accepted conference process – where both Houses of Congress work together to craft a final bill – and are instead working out a secret deal behind closed doors.
Many of us don’t like what politicians do when we can see them, let alone what happens when we can’t.

While the House-passed bill includes the Stupak-Pitts amendment (which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions), the Senate-passed bill subsidizes insurance plans that cover abortions and, for the first time in history, could allow the federal government to require private insurance plans to cover abortions. With the pro-abortion Democratic leadership calling the shots, the final bill is bound to mirror the Senate’s version.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”

And this is exactly what is at stake here, along with thousands (and perhaps millions) of babies’ lives which currently hang in the balance.

Americans United for Life’s legal team is working tirelessly to ensure that every member of Congress understands the deviously-written abortion language in the Senate bill and knows that this language is contrary to what the vast majority of Americans want.

A recent national Quinnipiac University poll found that 72% of voters don’t want public funding for abortion in the bill, and yet Congress continues to ignore the will of the American people.

Last week, AUL Staff Counsel Mary Harned briefed Capitol Hill staff members on the problems with the Senate bill. She presented some must-see charts on Abortion in Health Care which you can see by clicking here: here

I know that there is much more to be done.

I also know that this fight is far from over, and if we all continue to put pressure on Washington, we will win this battle for life.

And, on that note, I want to remind you that we have a major opportunity coming up next week. The national March for Life in Washington, D.C. takes place on January 22nd, and we would love to hear from you if you are planning on attending.

Finally, we are working on an exciting new project that will give you the opportunity to participate in the March for Life, even if you cannot make it to D.C., so stay tuned for more information over the next few days.

As always, thank you for your generous and faithful support, which helps us to defend life here in Washington, D.C., across the United States, and around the world.

For life,
Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.President & CEO

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