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Life at Center of Health Reform Debate

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Good news this morning from the New York Times:

Abortion opponents in both the House and the Senate are seeking to block the millions of middle- and lower-income people who might receive federal insurance subsidies to help them buy health coverage from using the money on plans that cover abortion. And the abortion opponents are getting enough support from moderate Democrats that both sides say the outcome is too close to call.

As the Senate returns today to consider amendments to the health care reform package, proponents of life are gaining ground – not that we would know it from Sen. Rockefeller’s recent comments in the press.  Instead of working to ensure that the rights of the pre-born are given access to health care, Sen. Rockefeller is working closely with the controversial, liberal website to strengthen his political connections with the most liberal political base in West Virginia.

The New York Times continues:

Democratic Congressional leaders say the latest House and Senate health care bills preserve the spirit of the current ban on federal abortion financing by requiring insurers to segregate their public subsidies into separate accounts from individual premiums and co-payments. Insurers could use money only from private sources to pay for abortions.

But opponents say that is not good enough, because only a line on an insurers’ accounting ledger would divide the federal money from the payments for abortions. The subsidies would still help people afford health coverage that included abortion.


Lawmakers pushing the abortion restrictions say they feel the momentum is on their side, especially because the restlessness of other Democratic moderates is making every vote count.

And, finally:

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote this week on a proposed amendment from Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, to restrict the use of federal subsidies.

No one – including Sen. Rockefeller – should be allowed to decide that an innocent life is worthless.  Though the public option portion of healthcare reform is a debatable point for many West Viginians, the protection of innocent human life is not.  By allocating more taxpayer dollars to abortion activists like Planned Parenthood, Sen. Rockefeller is permitting innocent, pre-born life to be treated like a commodity.

Concerned West Virgnians should call Senator Rockefeller’s offices immediately and ask that he protect innocent human life by eliminating taxpayer funded abortive services under his healthcare reform proposal.  Call Senator Rockefeller at:

Senator Jay Rockefeller
Phone: 202-224-6472
District Offices:
Beckley: 304-253-9704
Charleston: 304-347-5372
Fairmont: 304-367-0122
Martinsburg: 304-262-9285


Written by Jeremy Dys

September 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

Posted in Life

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