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WSJ: “Antiabortion Provision in Health Bill Defeated”

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The Wall Street Journal offers this coverage of yesterday’s finance committee meeting that declined to extend conscience protections or preclude taxpayer subsidies for elective abortions:

The sparring over abortion Wednesday underscored the sweep of the health legislation, which not only makes fundamental changes to a key segment of the U.S. economy, but also inflames passions on a range of social issues.

Mr. Baucus said he didn’t want to add abortion to the debate. “This is a health-care bill,” he said. “This is not an abortion bill. We are not changing current law.”

The legislation sets up subsidies for lower-income people to buy insurance and makes the subsidies subject to existing limits on federal funding of abortion. Those limits, enacted annually in routine government spending bills, bar the use of federal funds, except in cases of rape, incest and saving the life of the mother. Under the Baucus bill, private health plans would be required to prevent federal insurance subsidies from mingling with any private funds used for abortions.

But Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) said the limits in the current law could easily lapse. He called on Mr. Baucus to fold the language into the health bill, making it permanent law. “Let’s codify it,” he said.

More via the Wall Street Journal.


Written by Jeremy Dys

October 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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FPCWV to Sen. Rockfeller: Protect Innocent Human Life

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Key vote to limit taxpayer subsidies for abortions in health care reform expected Wednesday.

CHARLESTON, WV – The Family Policy Council of West Virginia announced Tuesday that it is calling upon West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Health Care Subcommittee on Finance, to protect innocent life in the proposed health care reform package.

“No one – including Sen. Rockefeller – should be allowed to decide that an innocent human life is worthless,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.  “Though the public option portion of health care reform may be a debatable point for many West Virginians, the protection of innocent human life is not.  By allocating more taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortion activists like Planned Parenthood, Sen. Rockefeller is permitting innocent, pre-born life to be treated like a commodity to advance a political business.”

According to Tuesday’s New York Times, pro-life advocates are gaining broad support in Congress for an amendment designed to preclude government-subsidized abortion services in health care reform.  Yet, according to Dys, instead of working to ensure that the rights of the pre-born are given access to health care, Sen. Rockefeller is aligned with the controversial, liberal website to strengthen his political connections with the most liberal political base in West Virginia.

Pro-life West Virginians should visit for more details.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization advocating for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.  On the web at

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Values Voter 2009 – Congressman Mike Pence Stands Strong

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pence (IN-6), has been in Congress for just about 10 years. His hair is growing whiter with each year, but his voice and his stance is firmer now than it has ever been. His voice grew strong as the congressman spoke of “A great awakening is beginning, I am encouraged.” And from there Mr. Pence proceeded to share why he is encouraged and to encourage everyone in the room.

In addressing healthcare Congressman Pence admitted what every American has known for years, that we all want healthcare reform. The room erupted in applause as  Mr. Pence proclaimed,

“The American people will not stand for government-run health-care that uses taxpayer money to fund abortion.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Nathan Cherry

September 18, 2009 at 10:15 am

FRC Action to Host National Town Hall Webcast on Health Care

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From our friends at Family Research Council Action:

On Thursday, September 10 at 8:30 pm ET, FRC Action, the legislative lobbying arm of Family Research Council, will host a special one hour “National Townhall on Health Care Reform” Webcast. FRC Action President Tony Perkins will be joined by Congressional leaders and policy experts to discuss the moral, ethical, and financial dangers of President Obama’s health care plan.

via FRC Action.

The slate of presenters include Congressmen and Senators, as well as FRC’s crack team of public policy analysts and fellows.  Click the link above to learn more.  Here’s the basics:


What: “National Townhall on Health Care Reform”

When: Thursday, September 10 at 8:30pm ET

Written by Jeremy Dys

September 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm

WV Family Still Fighting for Life

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Judge grants restraining order, gives family time to make informed decision.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – The fight of Angela Lanciano-Moreno to keep her son, 22 year old Chris, alive is still ongoing. The family received good news this week when Martinsburg Circuit Judge Gina Groh granted them a 10 day temporary restraining order; which will give the family time to have tests done, and seek an alternative facility for care.

 I told you of my visit with Angela and her son in the Martinsburg City Hospital intensive care unit last week. Angela, who does not agree with City Hospital doctors’ prognosis that Chris is brain dead and being kept alive by artificial means has been researching alternative facilities and treatments since her son was admitted to the hospital on August 22nd.

 I spoke with family friend Michelle Duerr, who has been by Angela’s side through most of the past week in helping to fight for Chris, and in making phone calls to pro-life groups such as the Right to Life organization in Washington, D.C., and the Alliance Defense Fund. Ms. Duerr told me,

“Angie will fight like a lioness for her child, especially Chris, he is her baby.”

 And fought is exactly what Angie has done. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Nathan Cherry

September 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Who’s “Bearing False Witness” on Abortion and Health Care?

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As we explained earlier this week, the current “compromise” on abortion within the health care overhaul appears to be no compromise at all.  To support that claim, we first cited

To add credibility, we now refer you to the Wall Street Journal:

Some Democrats have been searching for a compromise approach. An amendment approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee [Capps Amendment] would allow coverage of abortion, but the money would have to come from the portion of the premiums that are paid by the individuals. A sliver of those monthly premiums would be segregated and abortion services would be reimbursed from that separate account.

The amendment also says there would have to be at least one plan that covers abortion and one that doesn’t in every part of the country. State restrictions on access to abortion would remain in place. [emphasis added]

via Abortion Is New Front in Health Battle –

The article also makes it clear that the National Organization of Women, as well as Planned Parenthood, are increasing their lobbying of key legislative leaders to demand that “reproductive rights” be included in whatever Health Care overhaul discussion takes place.

Written by Jeremy Dys

August 27, 2009 at 10:50 am

Perkins on Point: Bearing False Witness on Health Care?

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From the Family Research Council’s blog, Tony Perkins makes this rebuttal to President Obama:

Written by Jeremy Dys

August 27, 2009 at 9:38 am