NRLC: "They say, we say" on abortion in health care bills

This is a congressional update from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), issued on Friday, September 18, 2009, at 4 PM EDT.  Please forward this update to any appropriate pro-life lists.  For further information, visit the NRLC website at and



They say, we say:

Recent NRLC rebuttals to misinformation

about the pro-abortion health care bills


WASHINGTON (September 18, 2009) -- The pro-abortion public relations machine is in full throttle in support of the abortion-related components of the health care bills that are being pushed by the White House and top congressional Democrats. 


1.  A detailed outline of Senator Max Baucus' proposed health care bill was released on September 16.  The proposal has many objectionable components pertaining to both abortion and rationing.  The initial NRLC statement on the bill is here.  A follow up release on the "death spiral" provision is here.


2.  Over the last few days, a number of websites, including Huffington Post, The Hill, and, have published an essay by Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Ca.) titled, "The Truth About the Capps Amendment."  We recommend that you read the piece on, here.  That site has a permissive comment policy, and NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson has challenged Rep. Capps in a detailed rebuttal. 


3.  The Baltimore Sun ran (twice!) an op ed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards, titled, "Plan Wouldn't Fund Abortion," most recently on September 13.  A rebuttal by NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson titled "Planned Parenthood's Hidden Agenda on Health Reform" was submitted to the Sun but ignored.  However, on September 16, the Winona (Mn.) Daily News, which also ran the original Richards piece, published the rebuttal, under the title "What Does Cecile Richards Really Want?," here.


4.  Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus did her bit for the Capps Amendment in a column that ran in the Post on September 9, and subsequently in some other papers.  National Review Online published a rebuttal by NRLC's Douglas Johnson here, also on September 9.


5.  Laurie Rubiner, vice president for public policy and advocacy for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), posted an essay titled "Bridging the Divide on Health Care for Women," dated September 9, 2009, on Daily Kos, and on, where a detailed rebuttal by NRLC's Douglas Johnson was posted, here.


6.  Veteran pro-abortion activist Frances Kissling posted an essay on several websites, "Exploiting the Health Care Debate to Restrict Abortion." The thrust of Kissling's essay was that the pro-abortion side had already compromised enough and that no further concessions should be made to the right-to-life side.  A rebuttal by NRLC's Douglas Johnson was posted on on September 16, here.


7.  On September 11, examined in detail, and rated as "True," the following statement by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Oh.):  "During his quest for the presidency, now-President Obama declared that everyone deserves access to reproductive health care that includes abortion, and vowed that this 'right' would be at the heart of his health care reform plan if elected president."  It is here.


8.  In light of some of the press coverage of recent days, it is evident that NRLC's September 8 "duped media" advisory remains timely and should be required reading for journalists who are covering the congressional fight.