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Sunday
Nov152009

NRLC - Stupak-Pitts Amendment viewed by NRLC, PolitiFact, C-SPAN, NPR 

UPDATE:  NRLC, media reports examine abortion issue as health care bill moves to Senate

Friday, November 13, 2009

It has been reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) may attempt initial procedural steps to bring health care legislation to the Senate floor next week.  In advance of the Senate's debate, we wanted to draw your attention to a number of recent items which you might find helpful in your coverage of the continuing health care debate:

·         The text of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, as adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 7, 2009 (PDF File)

·         Appearing on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program this morning (Friday, November 13), NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson discussed the effect of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the U.S. House and the prospects for the measure in the Senate.  The segment is approximately 21 minutes.

·         On November 9, Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn discussed the success of Rep. Bart Stupak in prevailing to receive an up-or-down vote on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in "The Man Who Made Pelosi Cry 'Uncle'".

·         A November 9, 2009 analysis by National Public Radio on what the Stupak-Pitts Amendment does and does not do.  Additionally, the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops released a factsheet entitled "What Does the Stupak Amendment Really Do?" which is made available on the NRLC website.

·         In "Abortion Upends Health-Bill Alliance," published today, the Wall Street Journal's Gerald F. Seib examines efforts by pro-abortion Democrats to strip the Stupak-Pitts Amendment from the final health care bill.

·         A summary of recent polls on public opinion on abortion in health care which is posted on our website.

·         On November 7th, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) said that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money." On November 9, PolitiFact.com issued an analysis and has rated this comment as "FALSE."

·         PolitiFact.com also reviewed a November 9 statement by Planned Parenthood, "President Obama campaigned on a promise to put reproductive health care at the center of his reform plan," which PolitiFact.com rated as "TRUE."  A short video of Obama making the promise can be viewed on NRLC's YouTube Channel.

Additional documentations on these matters are available on the National Right to Life website: www.nrlc.org/ahc.

Friday
Nov132009

CHQ - Attention, Catholics: Given to ACORN lately?

(If you're not a Catholic, please forward this message to Catholic friends, co-workers, and others you know.)  


You probably think you've never given money to ACORN and its allies.  But if you've contributed to the annual November Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) appeal of the Catholic bishops, you've done just that.

Each November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asks Catholics across the United States to contribute to the CCHD.  Until last year, much of this money collected by the bishops' appeal was funneled directly to ACORN.  

Are you going to again let the bishops use your contributions - money that's intended for charity - to promote extreme left-wing causes such as taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand?

Or are you going to take the ACTION STEPS listed below, to stop charity money from being diverted into causes you (and most Catholics) find abhorrent?

Scandals have forced the bishops to stop funding ACORN directly, but they still fund other groups closely tied to ACORN - groups that have the same aims and that use the same methods to promote a left-wing, extremist agenda.

Catholics are led to believe that their contributions to CCHD are used to help the poor - funding soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other worthwhile projects that provide aid to the least fortunate among us.  

In fact, it appears almost none of the money goes to the poor.  Rather, it goes to organizations that engage in "community organizing" to promote a political agenda that many Catholics would find abhorrent, if only they knew.  CCHD's stated goal is "breaking the cycle of poverty," but CCHD-funding organizations support policies that make it next to impossible for the poor to escape their circumstances.

It's time for America's Catholics to rise up, let their voices be heard, and take the ACTION STEPS listed below.

ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) received some $7.3 million from the CCHD in 1998-2008, and even more in earlier years.  ACORN's direct funding from CCHD was cut off in 2008, but only because of an eight-year-old embezzlement scandal that made it impossible to get a proper accounting of the money.  It appears that the Bishops' problem was with ACORN's poor "accounting" practices, rather than with the goals and tactics of a group that blurs the distinction between a radical political organization and a Mafia-style racket.  

ACORN is currently under investigation or indictment in 20 states for voter fraud.  Its New Orleans headquarters, in a former funeral home, served as the address of more than 270 organizations, real or imaginary, most of which have received taxpayer funds.  (Recent legislation makes ACORN and allied organizations eligible for billions of dollars more from federal, state, and local governments in the years to come.)  

Recently, two fearless young people, carrying a hidden camera, showed that ACORN employees in a number of cities stood ready and eager to facilitate such criminal activities as tax fraud and the prostitution of underage illegal aliens.

Ralph McCloud, CCHD's executive director, admitted to the Catholic News Service that "some of the funds that the Catholic Campaign contributed to ACORN in the past undoubtedly were used for voter registration drives."  Most, perhaps all, of those drives were conducted in support of politicians who support abortion-on-demand and other policies that most Catholics oppose.

Don't be fooled by the CCHD's recent cut-off of direct aid to ACORN.  CCHD continues to fund other organizations that are clones of ACORN or closely allied with ACORN.  

According to Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center, CCHD money has funded the Industrial Areas Foundation (described by its founder as a "school for professional radicals"), the Midwest Academy (which trains in left-wing confrontation and intimidation), and other related organizations such as the Direct Action and Research Training Institute, People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), and the Gamaliel Foundation.  

The network of organizations funded by CCHD is rooted not in the principles of Jesus Christ, who eschewed politics, but in the teachings of a Marxist and atheist, Saul Alinsky.  Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, taught his followers to use what's now called "community organizing" to reshape American society and, ultimately, to destroy capitalism and constitutional democracy.  He dedicated his first book to Lucifer, "the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom."  

Alinsky followers, who dominate Far Left community groups, see the poor as potential soldiers in an army - as cannon fodder for fighting and winning the class struggle.  As with other groups of radical activists, from the Ku Klux Klan to the Black Panthers to Al Qaeda, they provide services to the poor only for political purposes.  They're not interested in soup kitchens except as recruiting and indoctrination centers.  

This network of ACORN-type organizations, funded to a great degree by CCHD, provides money and organizational muscle for such causes as same-sex marriage, amnesty for illegal aliens, and abortion-on-demand up to, and shortly after, the moment of birth.  And they provide critical backing for politicians who not only support such causes, but who are also among some of the biggest anti-Catholic bigots and opponents of values held by Catholics.

For example, ACORN, funded by CCHD, provided at least 40,000 voter registrations, both real and fraudulent, in the U.S. Senate race that Al Franken won by 312 votes.  In turn, Franken provided Senate Democrats with their 60th vote - and the filibuster-proof majority they need to pass radical pro-abortion legislation.

That wasn't the first time that CCHD changed the course of history, shifting it dramatically to the Left.  

CCHD money was the foundation for President Obama's political career, his role as a "community organizer" in Chicago.  That job - the young Barack Obama's first political job - was as the lead organizer for the Developing Communities Project in Chicago, a project of the Calumet Community Religious Conference, which had been created by local Catholic churches and funded by CCHD.  According to The New Republic magazine, the Calumet project "aimed to convert the black churches of Chicago's South Side into agents of social change."  (Obama discussed Catholic Church support for Calumet in his book, Dreams from My Father.)

The late Father Richard John Neuhaus wrote last year that the CCHD had "nothing to do with Catholicism, except that Catholics are asked to pay for it.  Some bishops no longer allow the CCHD collection in their dioceses, and more should not allow it.  In fact, CCHD, misbegotten in concept and corrupt in practice, should, at long last, be terminated."

It's time to STOP THE BISHOPS FROM FUNDING ACORN-TYPE GROUPS.  

Here are the ACTION STEPS you can take to stop them.

1.    REFUSE to give a single cent to the bishops' November appeal.

2.    FORWARD THIS E-MAIL to friends, family members, co-workers, and all Catholics you know.  (Even friends who aren't Catholic can help by forwarding this message to their Catholic friends.)


3.    SIGN OUR PETITION at http://conservativehq.com/petitions/
.  This petition that will be sent to all American cardinals and all other members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

4.    COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PASTOR and/or BISHOP (through a letter, e-mail, phone call, or personal visit) and tell him that you will not contribute to any cause that's promoted in the names of the bishops until they STOP USING CONTRIBUTIONS TO FUND LEFT-WING POLITICS.


Even people who favor left-wing CCHD-backed causes should be outraged at the diversion of contributions - money intended for the poor - into organizations that use that money to promote their political agendas.

The bishops have broken faith with America's Catholics.  As long as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supports CCHD and raises money from parishioners based on the false pretense that CCHD fights poverty, Catholics and other Americans simply cannot trust the bishops.

The bishops must back off from their support of radical left-wing politics - and they must do it now!

Richard A. Viguerie

Wednesday
Nov112009

NRLC: PolitiFact.org and NPR examine Stupak amendment, Obama 

The Stupak-Pitts Amendment

An update from the National Right to Life Committee

Federal Legislation Department

 

November 10, 2009

http://www.nrlc.org/

During the November 7 House floor debate on the Stupak-Pitts amendment, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) said that the amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money." PolitiFact.com corrected has rated this comment as "FALSE," here.  However, there have been similar mischaracterizations of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in many news stories in recent days.

For additional information on what the Stupak-Pitts Amendment does and does not do, please see this analysis by National Public Radio.

PolitiFact.com also reviewed a November 8 statement by Planned Parenthood, "President Obama campaigned on a promise to put reproductive health care at the center of his reform plan," which PolitiFact.com rated as "TRUE," here.  A short video clip of Obama making the promise can be viewed on an NRLC site here.  NRLC's latest comment on President Obama's activity on this matter is found here.

Additional documentation on these matters is available on the NRLC website at http://www.nrlc.org/ahc

or by calling NRLC at 202-626-8820

 

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), 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.

 

 
Tuesday
Nov102009

NRLC - RESPONDS TO OBAMA STATEMENT ON STUPAK-PITTS AMENDMENT

For further information:
National Right to Life Committee

Federal Legislation Department

http://www.nrlc.org/ahc

WASHINGTON (Nov. 9, 2009, 7 PM EST) -- ABC News reports the following comments by President Obama today regarding the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was added to the health care bill by the House of Representatives on November 7:

"I laid out a very simple principle, which is this is a health care bill, not an abortion bill," President Obama said. "And we're not looking to change what is the principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions." Saying the bill cannot change the status quo regarding the ban on federally funding abortions, the President said "there are strong feelings on both sides" about an amendment passed on Saturday and added to the legislation, "and what that tells me is that there needs to be some more work before we get to the point where we're not changing the status quo."

Regarding the president's remarks, the following comment may be attributed to Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC):  "The only thing that will prevent the health care bill from being 'an abortion bill' is precisely the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, as the House of  Representatives recognized by a 46-vote margin.  The phoniness of Obama's claim that he has been trying to preserve the 'status quo' on abortion policy should be evident to any observer by now.  In reality, the White House and top Democratic congressional leaders have been working hard to create a national federal government health plan that would fund abortion on demand, just as Obama promised Planned Parenthood."

In an alert distributed on Sunday, November 8, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund said, "President Obama campaigned on a promise to put reproductive health care at the center of his reform plan."  The alert urged Planned Parenthood supporters to send Obama emails saying, "Now it's time for you to make good on that commitment."

To see a short video clip of Obama making that promise, before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on July 17, 2007, click here.  On that occasion, Obama said: 

"Well, look, in my mind reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care.  And so it is at the center and at the heart of the plan that I propose. . . . Essentially, what we're doing is to say that we're going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don't have health insurance.  It'll be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services."

To view a September 11, 2009 examination by PolitiFact.com on the meaning of Obama's 2007 statement, click here.  Today, PolitiFact.com reviewed a November 7 claim by U.S. House pro-abortion leader Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money," and concluded that Lowey's claim is "FALSE."  Read it here.

An archive of NRLC letters to Congress and other documents regarding the abortion-related components of the health care legislation are posted here.

 

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. 

 

Sunday
Nov082009

NRLC: House rejects pro-abortion smuggling effort 

National Right to Life Says House Abortion Vote "Disrupts the Obama Administration's Pro-Abortion Smuggling Operation," But Further Battles Ahead

WASHINGTON (November 7, 2009) -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in the 50 states, issued the following statement regarding today's actions in the House of Representatives on the health care restructuring legislation, H.R. 3962.

The House adopted the NRLC-backed Stupak-Pitts Amendment, 240-194.  The Stupak-Pitts Amendment removed two major pro-abortion components from H.R. 3962.  Specifically:  (1)  the amendment would permanently prohibit the new 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; and (2) the amendment would permanently prohibit the use of the new federal premium subsidies ("affordability credits") to purchase private insurance plans that cover abortion (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest).  The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.).  It was supported by 176 Republicans and 64 Democrats.  It was opposed by 194 Democrats.  One Republican withheld his support by voting "present."

NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said: "The Obama White House and top congressional Democratic leaders spent months concealing and misrepresenting provisions that would directly fund abortions through a government plan, and subsidize premiums for private abortion plans.  Today's bipartisan House vote is a sharp blow to the White House's pro-abortion smuggling operation.  But we know that the White House and pro-abortion congressional Democratic leaders will keep trying to enact government funding of abortion, and will keep trying to conceal their true intentions, so there is a long battle ahead."

The Associated Press reported, "Abortion rights advocates called the measure the biggest setback to women's reproductive rights in decades."

In addition to working hard to remove abortion subsidies from the bill, NRLC has sought to educate lawmakers and the public about components of H.R. 3962 that could result in rationing or discriminatory denial of lifesaving medical care.  A letter sent by NRLC to the House late today, summarizing objectionable elements of the amended bill, is posted here.  The letter states:  "We will continue to work to correct provisions that we find objectionable in this area, both in the health care legislation that will come before the Senate, and in any conference committee on health care legislation.  We reserve the right to score the roll call vote on the conference report, or on any Senate-passed bill, if these concerns are not adequately resolved."

An archive of NRLC letters to Congress and other documents regarding the abortion-related components of the legislation are posted here.