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NRLC urges defeat of health bill after abortion vote 

WASHINGTON (December 8, 2009) --  By a vote of 54 to 45, the U.S. Senate today tabled (killed) an amendment to remove elective abortion from the new federal programs that would be created by pending health care legislation.  The following statement was issued by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, and may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.

A majority of senators today voted to keep abortion covered in the proposed federal government insurance program, and to subsidize private insurance plans that cover abortion on demand.  Now, the vote on cloture on the bill itself will become the key vote on whether to put the federal government into the abortion business.  We will oppose cloture on the bill, which would require 60 affirmative votes.  In addition, a number of pro-life Democrats in the House, who supported passage of health care legislation on November 7, will not vote for the Senate bill in its current form.  So, this is a long way from over.

The amendment rejected today, supported by NRLC, was sponsored by Senator Ben Nelson (D-Ne.) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).  It contained the same substance as the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which was adopted by the House of Representatives on November 7, 240-194.  Both amendments would prevent the federal government insurance program (the "public option") from paying for abortion (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest).  In addition, both amendments would prevent federal subsidies from being used to purchase private health plans that cover elective abortion, but would not restrict the sale or purchase of such policies with private funds.

As NRLC has previously noted, the health care bill pending in the Senate, proposed by Senator Harry Reid (D-Nv.) and backed by President Obama, would authorize the federal government to pay for any and all abortions through a huge new federal health insurance program, the "public option," and would also subsidize purchase of private plans that cover abortion on demand.  President Obama and Reid know that the substance of these abortion-promoting policies is deeply unpopular, so they seek to conceal the reality with layers of contorted definitions and money-laundering schemes.

For extensive further documentation on aspects of the health care legislation relating to abortion, visit the NRLC website at



NRLC Update: Politico: "Abortion Battle Could Derail Health Bill" 

For more information on the abortion fight in the U.S. Senate, contact the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) congressional affairs office at this e-mail address or at 202-626-8820.  NRLC's current action alert on this issue is here.  NRLC's webpage containing documents on the issue is at

Abortion battle could derail health bill 

By Carrie Budoff Brown

December 4, 2009, 06:51 PM EST

In the past week, abortion has flared up as a major impediment to passage of a health care reform bill in the Senate, taking a similar path as it did during the House debate — from obscurity to obstacle in a matter of days.

After months of trying to craft a 60-vote coalition based on the finer points of health care policy, Senate Democrats are growing increasingly worried that abortion will upend what had become a clear path to approving the overhaul bill.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) sparked a fresh round of concern this week when he repeatedly and definitively vowed to filibuster the health care legislation unless it included abortion restrictions as tough as the so-called Stupak amendment in the House bill.

“I don’t ordinarily draw a line in the sand, but I have drawn a line in the sand,” Nelson said Friday.

Nelson certainly has a long history of agitating his party by withholding his vote until he wrings out every last concession from Senate leaders. But on the uncompromising issue of abortion, Democrats fear he may really be serious this time.

“There is a worry that Sen. Nelson means business,” said a senior Senate Democratic aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss strategy. “Unlike with public option, there is very little ground liberal Democrats are willing to give on this issue. Abortion, not the public option, may be the cause of our first official defection.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which proved highly influential in the House health care debate, is assisting Nelson and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in drafting an anti-abortion amendment, and its representatives are meeting with senators, including Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).

The bishops have also sent a nationwide bulletin insert to its parishes for Sunday Mass, according to a source familiar with the plans. The conference rallied parishioners in a similar way ahead of the House vote. The bishops conference didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Advocacy groups on both sides of the issue are using the weekend to mobilize supporters ahead of a debate that could begin as early as Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had expected to dispense with the abortion amendments by the weekend, but Nelson sought more time.

“Delay is always good,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, a group that opposes abortion.

For months, Senate Democrats have been gaming out various paths to 60 votes on the other major intractable problem — a government insurance plan. They continue to struggle with a solution, but there is a growing sense a compromise can ultimately be forged and it would not be the reason the bill fails, aides said.

“On abortion, nobody is in a mood to deal at all,” the senior aide said.

The way the abortion debate unfolded in the House caught abortion rights supporters off guard, and they have been as unbending as abortion opponents on the Stupak amendment, which prohibits individuals from using federal subsidies to buy policies that cover abortion. Abortion rights supporters say the language would discourage insurers from offering abortion coverage in any of their plans, potentially limiting access to the procedure for millions of women.

“We are going to defeat it,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) of Nelson’s amendment, which is expected to closely mirror the Stupak language.

Asked if he believed abortion could derail the health care bill, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) didn’t hesitate: “Yes, absolutely.”

“Clearly, this is one of the major challenges facing this bill,” said Conrad, who votes with abortion opponents. “The settled policy of the government is that there is not taxpayer funding of abortion, and we are trying to continue that policy. It is very complicated in the context of an exchange and a public option to continue the Hyde amendment policy that has long been in place. Lots of smart people working on ways to try to be able to ensure people that is the case, on both sides. We have not reached a conclusion.”

Reid plans to schedule several votes on the issue to “demonstrate that the 60 votes are not there,” a Senate Democratic leadership aide said.

If Nelson’s amendment fails, which is expected, the question at that point is what would he do — and how does Reid get to 60 votes on the overall bill without him?

Nelson told POLITICO this week that he would not walk away from the negotiations if the Senate rejects his amendment. “No, no, no. I’m a facilitator,” he said. “If this bill is going to pass without me, I still want it to be the best bill.”

Reid could attempt to reach a compromise that forces both sides to give up something, and include the new language in a “manager’s amendment” that goes up for a vote right before debate ends on the bill.

Or else, the majority leader may need to go aggressively after one or both of the Maine Republicans, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, who support abortion rights. That could mean major concessions on the public option, taxes and the mandate on individuals to purchase insurance — aspects of the Democratic bill that they oppose.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he expected Democrats to find a compromise that brings Nelson along.

“At the end of the day, we need Sen. Nelson’s vote. We still don’t have a promise of a vote from the Republican side, and so we would need his vote to make our 60,” Durbin told reporters in a conference call Friday.

Durbin didn’t specify what kind of compromise would bring Nelson on board. He said the Senate will consider Nelson’s amendment when the Nebraska Democrat is ready to bring it to the floor, but leadership is encouraging him to go ahead without Hatch, who indicated he needed more time to review the amendment with outside groups.

Nelson, however, was quick to bat down any notion of a compromise.

“No,” Nelson said Friday, when asked if he would accept softer language. “I don’t want to start talking about compromises before I have an opportunity to offer something.”


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NRLC to Obama and Reid: Bring on the abortion debate 

National Right to Life to Obama and Reid:

You wanted debate?  Now you'll get debate – on government-funded abortion.

WASHINGTON (November 21, 2009) --  The U.S. Senate tonight barely cleared an initial 60-vote procedural hurdle, setting the stage for a 2,074-page health care bill, crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.), to move forward to debate before the full Senate.  The following statement was issued by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, and may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.

As National Right to Life has previously noted, Senator Reid's bill [on page 118] would authorize the federal government to pay for any and all abortions through a huge new federal health insurance program, the "public option," and also to subsidize purchase of private plans that cover abortion on demand.  President Obama and Reid know that the substance of these abortion-promoting policies is deeply unpopular, so they seek to conceal the reality with layers of contorted definitions and money-laundering schemes.

Obama and Reid wanted debate – so now they’ll get debate, on their cloaked provisions that would cover abortion on demand in proposed new government-run and government-subsidized insurance plans.

Obama and Reid are seeking to block enactment of the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts compromise, adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 7 by a vote of 240-194. This amendment would prevent government funding of elective abortion through the proposed “public option," and would also prevent federal subsidies from paying for private insurance plans that cover elective abortion.  

During the weeks ahead, National Right to Life will continue to fight the efforts of President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders to cover abortion on demand in two huge new federal health programs.  The Senate bill faces additional 60-vote hurdles in the future.  Moreover, a courageous group of pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives will oppose final approval of health care legislation if the Stupak-Pitts Amendment is gutted or removed.

For extensive further documentation on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and other aspects of the issue, visit the NRLC website at

Both NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson and Senior Legislative Counsel Susan T. Muskett are available to provide further comment and analysis on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and the abortion provisions in the Reid bill.  To arrange an interview, contact the NRLC Communications Department at (202) 626-8825 or (202) 423-3329 (mobile).

The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest pro-life group, is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide.  National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.



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70 (44%) HAVE 0% NRLC VOTING RECORDS: AK Sen Mark Begich. AZ Reps Raul Grijalva, Ed Pastor. CA Reps Xavier Becerra, Anna Eshoo, Jerry McNerney, George Miller, Grace Napolitano, Nancy Pelosi (Speaker), Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Jackie Speier, Mike Thompson, Diane Watson. CT Reps Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, John Larson; Sen Chris Dodd. DE Sen Ted Kaufman. IA Sen Tom Harkin. IL Reps Luis Gutierrez, Phil Hare, Mike Quigley; Sen Dick Durbin (Asst. Maj. Leader). IN Rep Peter Visclosky. MA Reps Mike Capuano - candidate U.S. Senate, Bill Delahunt, Ed Markey, Jim McGovern. MD Sen Barbara Mikulski. MN Rep Betty McCollum. MO Rep William Clay; Sen Claire McCaskill. NH Rep Carol Shea-Porter. NJ Reps Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires; Sen Bob Menendez. NM Rep Ben Lujan. NY Reps Mike Arcuri, Tim Bishop, Joe Crowley, John Hall, Brian Higgins, Maurice Hinchey, Dan Maffei, Carolyn McCarthy, Mike McMahon, Bill Owens, Charles Rangel, Jose Serrano, Paul Tonko, Nydia Velazquez; Sen Kirsten Gillibrand. OH Rep Mary Jo Kilroy. OR Rep Peter DeFazio. PA Reps Bob Brady, Patrick Murphy, Joe Sestak. RI Rep Patrick Kennedy; Sen Jack Reed. TX Reps Charles Gonzalez, Ruben Hinojosa. VA Reps Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran. VT Rep Peter Welch; Sen Pat Leahy. WA Sens Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray. 
25 (16%) HAVE 10% TO 33% RECORDS: AZ Reps Ann Kirkpatrick 25%, Harry Mitchell 10%. CA Reps Joe Baca 10%, Dennis Cardoza 10%, Jim Costa 10%. CO Rep John Salazar 10%. DE Rep Michael Castle (R) 10%. MA Reps Stephen Lynch 10%, Richard Neal 10%; Sen John Kerry 10%. ME Rep Michael Michaud (10)%; Sen Susan Collins (R) 10%. MI Rep John Dingell 10%. OH Reps Dennis Kucinich 10%, Tim Ryan (13%). PA Reps Chris Carney 30%, Mike Doyle 20%, Paul Kanjorski 30%, John Murtha 30%. RI Rep Jim Langevin 10%. TX Reps Henry Cuellar 20%, Silvestre Reyes 10%, Ciro Rodriguez 10%. VA RepTom Perriello 25%. WI Rep David Obey 10%. Republicans (R), others Democrats. All 19 New England Catholics in Congress are Pro-Abortion!

12 (8%) HAVE 34% TO 67% MIXED RECORDS: AK Sen Lisa Murkowski (R) 50%. LA Sen Mary Landrieu 50%. MI Reps Dale Kildee 40%, Bart Stupak 60%. MN Rep James Oberstar 60%. NJ Rep Leonard Lance (R) 50%. OH Reps John Boccieri 50%, Steve Driehaus 50%, Marcy Kaptur 40%. PA Reps Jason Altmire 40%, Tim Holden 38%; Sen Bob Casey Jr. 60% - who endorsed Obama!

14 (9%) HAVE 68% TO 90% RECORDS: CA Rep Brian Bilbray (R) 70%. FL Rep Ginny Brown-Waite (R) 70%, Connie Mack (R) 80%. GA Rep Jim Marshall 89%. IL Reps Jerry Costello 90%, Dan Lipinski 70%. IN Reps Joe Donnelly 80%, Brad Ellsworth 90%. LA Rep Charlie Melancon 70%. MS Rep Gene Taylor 90%. NC Rep Walter Jones (R) 90%. NJ Reps Frank LoBiondo (R) 90%, Chris Smith (R) 90%. OH Rep Charlie Wilson 70%.      
35 (22%) HAVE 100% RECORDS: CA Reps Dan Lungren (R), Devin Nunes (R), George Radanovich (R), Ed Royce (R), FL Reps Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R), Mario Diaz-Balart (R), Tom Rooney (R). GA Rep Phil Gingrey (R). IA Rep Steve King (R). ID Sen Jim Risch (R). KS Sen Sam Brownback (R) - who endorsed Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius for Sec. of Health & Human Services! KY Sen Jim Bunning (R).  LA Reps Anh “Joseph” Cao (R), Steve Scalise (R); Sen David Vitter (R). MI Reps Dave Camp (R), Thaddeus McCotter (R). MO Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R). NC Reps Virginia Foxx (R), Patrick McHenry (R). NE Rep Jeff Fortenberry (R); Sen Mike Johanns (R).  NY Rep Peter King (R). OH Reps Steve Austria (R), John Boehner (R) (House Minority Leader), Bob Latta (R), Jean Schmidt (R), Patrick Tiberi (R); Sen George Voinovich (R). OK Rep John Sullivan (R). PA Reps Kathy Dahlkemper, Tim Murphy (R). TX Reps Kevin Brady (R), Michael McCaul (R). WI Rep Paul Ryan (R). 2 NEW: George LeMieux (R) replaced FL Sen Mel Martinez (R) (100% NRLC) on 10/Sep/09. Paul Kirk replaced MA Sen Ted Kennedy on 25/Sep/09.






OBAMA’S PRO-ABORTION TEAM:  VP Joe Biden, Sec. of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sibelius (was KS Gov), Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar (was CO Sen),  Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis (was CA Rep), Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (IA).
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), pro-abortion, pro gay marriage; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom champions gay marriage. CO Gov. Bill Ritter is pro-abortion. MA Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is for gay marriage; State Sen. Pres. Therese Murray, Sens Brian Joyce, Steven Tolman (AOH), have top Planned Parenthood ratings, and voted to defeat the measure to put traditional marriage on the ’08 ballot; AG Martha Coakley is Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay candidate for U.S. Senate. NM Gov. Bill Richardson, pro-abortion. UT Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, pro-abortion, pro-gay. VA Gov. Tim Kaine, Democratic Nat. Committee Chairman, pro-abortion.

JFK, pro-contraceptives, said in his 1960 Houston Speech, that he would not take directions from the Catholic Church, that he was opposed to public funding of church schools, and opposed to establishing diplomatic relations with the Vatican (
Sen Edward Kennedy, pro-abortion, pro-gay, had an NRLC voting record of 14% in 2007-2008. His record is 4% from 1997 to 2008.




Waxman "Let's Cat Out of Bag" Says ALG's Wilson, Current Healthcare Legislation a "Trojan Viper" 

"As bad as the current healthcare legislation

already is, it is really intended to be a Trojan

Viper. It will open the door a total government

healthcare takeover." – ALG President Bill Wilson

Fairfax, VA—Terming the current Obama healthcare legislation a "Trojan Viper," Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today said that Democrat Congressman Henry Waxman "let the cat out of the bag," when he told a Washington news bureau, "If we get it in place, we can build on it later."

"That," said Wilson, "is the liberal MO: get any big government program in place, and then expand on it later until it costs trillions and dictates every move Americans make. It's all intentional. Obamacare is their next Trojan Viper."

"They will make whatever deals they have to make now just to get this in place, and then just 'build on it later,' costing taxpayers trillions of dollars," Wilson explained.  "In the Senate, they might offer the so-called 'trigger' tied to escalating health costs, only to later simply pull the trigger themselves and implement the government takeover.  It's an example of a 'compromise' to win enough votes, along with state "opt-outs," or restricting abortion funding in the House bill."

"As bad as the current healthcare legislation already is, it is really intended to be a Trojan Viper. It will open the door a total government healthcare takeover—even if as Waxman says he doesn't get everything he wants right away," said Wilson.  "Then they'll just 'build on it later.'"

Wilson said that, like other government programs, "The costs are radically understated at first, and then they are phased in later with a vengeance."

In the interview, Waxman told the Washington News Observer broadcast news bureau that he thought it was vital to get the bill passed "by the end of the year."

"There are going to be so many pressures next year, especially with the elections looming, that this is our opportunity," said Waxman.  "When the Clinton Administration tried to do it, they pushed it off into the second year, and the closer it got to the election, the special interests were able to bring it down."

Wilson agreed that time was not on Congress' side.  "The more the people learn about the the government health care takeover, the less they like it, and so Waxman wants the bum's rush," Wilson said.  He called on members of the Senate to delay procedural votes on the bill "for as long as they possibly can.  The final text of the Senate bill is still not available, and a complete analysis of its contents should be made publicly available prior to any votes."

The Senate is expected to vote on proceeding to the bill tomorrow night at 8PM.  "This is an opportunity for the Senate kill this bill.  If the vote to proceed passes, then at least 41 Senators must filibuster.  It's the only way to stop this madness," Wilson said.

The Senate version of the "public option" will start operating at massive budget-busting deficits starting in 2015, according to an Americans for Limited Government analysis of Congressional Budget Office data.  By 2019, the "public option" will have spent some $361 billion more than it took in via new taxes. 

"The 'public option' will be losing billions within 5 years," Wilson said, concluding, "and when it's fully implemented, this Trojan Viper government takeover will be losing trillions of dollars, ration health care away from seniors, raise the cost of premiums, drive the American people off of private health options, and bankrupt the Treasury."