origin: Elko Daily Free Press, Opinion section, Wednesday, March 30, 2011
[cite: Mott, Mike, ed., Elko Daily Free Press, Opinion. 30Mar11, Elko, Nevada.]
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Harry Reid: "Pay for Abortions or I'll Shut Down the Government." The Hill newspaper reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has effectively issued an ultimatum with a threat to shut down the federal government unless House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) agrees to continue long-term funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation's #1 abortion provider, with your tax dollars.
"A Republican proposal seeking to ban taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood will not be part of any agreement to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year," declared Harry Reid, taking a stand for tax-funded child-killing. "Not only no, but hell no," said Reid.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, criticized Reid's demands: "Senator Reid is wrong. Planned Parenthood is an abortion-centered organization and America's largest. It performs more than 300,000 abortions a year, which constitutes at least 37 percent of its revenue, by conservative estimates.... Planned Parenthood must be defunded and it must be defunded now."
While Boehner had voiced support for eventually defunding Planned Parenthood, he stated last month he would not shut down the government over the abortion issue. "There are a lot of options on the table but I don't think in the short term, the CR (continuing resolution) is the opportunity we're looking for," Boehner told CBN News.
Pro-life activist Randall Terry says Boehner is caving in to keep fund abortions. "Mr. Boehner does not get it," Terry said. "The 'opportunity we're looking for' is here and now. By saying ahead of time that he would 'not shut down the government' over Planned Parenthood, he has telegraphed to the Senate, and to us, that he is surrendering."
Will House Republicans cave-in to Reid, and fund Planned Parenthood? Let's call all 535 Congressmen and Senators at 202-225-3121 and demand they stop funding aboriton. Don't have time to make 535 phone calls? Sign our petition, and we save you time by auto-faxing all of them, immediately. Let's draw the line, and stop funding abortion.
Obama Threatens to Shut Down Government without Tax-Funded Abortions
The Washington Times reported last month President Obama was still threatening to veto House spending cuts to abortion provider Planned Parenthood, and Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid (D-NV) are demanding full federal government funding for abortions with your tax dollars. "Mr. Obama has issued a veto threat on that bill, saying House Republicans? cuts are unacceptable," the Times reports, "and Senate Democrats said the non-spending provisions of the bill ? such as restrictions on Planned Parenthood and on Obama administration rules and regulations ? will also have to be struck."
While their 2-week budget compromise averted a government shutdown, House Republicans fought to defund most abortions permanently when the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3, on a strictly party-line 23-14 vote, sending the bill for a full House vote soon. Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi was the only Democrat to vote for the measure, mislabeled the "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act," which would actually continue to fund some abortions in the rare cases of rape and incest, while permanently cutting federal funds for over 90% of elective abortions, saving you tax dollars and reducing but not banning child-killing by groups like Planned Parenthood.
The committee rejected all 15 pro-abortion amendments offered by Democrats. Pro-life Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) rebuked the Obama Administration as the most pro-abortion President in history. "We?re getting to ask the real question ? does abortion take the life of a child? ? If it does, then those of us sitting here in the chambers of freedom live in the midst of the greatest human genocide in the history of humanity," Franks said before the historic vote. By his veto threat, Obama wants to fund child-killing, especially in the inner cities, ironically, where black children are three times more likely to be aborted than white children, and abortion has reduced the black population nationally by 25%.
Sadly, Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) admitted "H.R. 3 does not ban abortion. It also does not restrict abortions, or abortion coverage in healthcare plans, as long as those abortions or plans use only private or state funds." So even if Obama does not veto H.R. 3, the legislation does not go far enough to protect life.
As Senators prepare to restore the cut funding to Planned Parenthood, and try to block H.R.3, we who believe life begins at conception should actively petition all 100 Senators to FIX then PASS the three pro-life measures up for consideration this year. Call 100 times to 202-224-3121.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America [PPFA], the nation's largest abortion provider, who receives hundreds of millions of your tax-dollars to kill innocent children. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) offered an amendment to H.R. 1 that would strip funding from Planned Parenthood, which passed by a 240-185 vote in the House.
The National Right to Life Committee said in a letter to Congress: "PPFA is the nation?s largest abortion provider, reporting 324,008 abortions in 2008. It appears that abortion accounts for roughly one-third of the aggregate income generated by PPFA-affiliated clinics. According to press reports, PPFA has recently mandated that all of its regional affiliates must provide abortions by the end of 2013. Please call the office of your U.S. House member and urge him or her to support the Pence Amendment and all other pro-life amendments to H.R. 1."
According to Jill Stanek of the American Life League, over 96% of Planned Parenthood's services facilitate abortions, compared to adoptions or prenatal care, as shown by this pie chart.--> That means for every one tax dollar given to Planned Parenthood, 96 cents facilitates killing innocent children.
Please call your Congressman and both Senators at 202-224-31212 right now. If you have time, you can call all 535 Senators and Congressmen at that same number.
In a letter after receiving begins debate this week on three important abortion bills, that would strip federal tax-payer funding of most abortions. The three new bills are labeled H.R. 3 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" [NTFAA], the H.R. 358 "Protect Life Act" and the H.R. 217 "Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act." Although it's great to see pro-life Congressmen trying to stop abortion funding, but there's only one problem. These bills still allow tax-payer funding of abortions in the rare cases of rape or incest. Why should we be forced by the IRS to pay a murderous abortion "doctor" to kill an innocent child, just because the baby's father was a criminal? We should not. The baby deserves to live, even if conceived by rape or incest. Punish the criminal, don't kill the innocent victim.
Christian Coalition writes these 3 new bills would:
-Permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortion across all federal programs.
-End use of federal facilities, such as military hospitals.
-Ban publicly subsidized coverage of abortion in the new "ObamaCare" health system.
-Prevent any abortion funding via ObamaCare.
-End federal funding for Planned Parenthood (and other abortion providers).
-Provide conscience protections for health care workers who refuse to perform abortions.
Their analysis is mostly correct. Subsidized abortions would cease, except it would still be funded in the rare cases of rape and incest, which we must also oppose, by calling 202-224-3121 for your Congressman and both Senators today. But until the U.S. Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade, liberals will argue abortion is a "legal right." Yet even if the government could try to over-rule God to make child-murder a legal right, must it also be a tax-payer funded entitlement? Of course not. Liberals often confuse legal rights with funded entitlements. As pro-death Senator Barbara Boxer confused this week, the new bill H.R. to defund most abortion subsidies "punishes women and businesses with a tax hike if they wish to keep or buy insurance that covers a full range of reproductive health care." No Senator, it merely requires they pay for abortions with their own private money, not with mine. By refusing them our tax-dollar subsidies, and making them pay their own money to kill their own children, she calls it a tax hike? Give me a break. We're not stupid. Let's take a stand.
Or maybe we are stupid. For 2 years the Church has been largely silent while the Obama-Boxer-Pelosi coalition raised government spending for Planned Parenthood, just like the Bush-led government did for 8 years before. Now Speaker Boehner's NTFAA bill attempts to change direction, by making the 1976 Hyde Amendment permanent and banning most federal funding for abortion-providers like Planned Parenthood.
Without this ban, you can see in the <-- chart how "coincidentally" abortions increase when their funding increases, and how YOU PAID FOR 363,000 abortions last year by funding Planned Parenthood (of which over 90% were elective, not rape or incest abortions).
Can anybody guess what would happen if their tax-dollars were denied? No doubt the number of abortions would go decrease, and tens of thousands of babies (but not all babies) would be saved.
And herein lies the dilemma faced by the pro-life community. Should we pass bills that save a few, perhaps even most babies while "legalizing" killing the children of rape or incest? Some say yes, some say no. I say we follow a sequence: 1) petition Congress to first remove the murderous "exceptions" in these so-called pro-life bills, then 2) ban all federal funding of abortion, then 3) pass personhood amendments to overturn Roe v. Wade, then 4) replace all liberal Supreme Court justices with pro-personhood justices, then 5) pass laws outlawing all murderous abortions period, unless they are needed to save the life of the mother. Morally, if every living human is equal, then sparing the life of the mother is the only permissible case where such "choice" would be allowed by God.Please select, sign, and we will fax
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