UPDATE, 3p: From the Republican National Coalition for Life:
This was a useful exercise. The Republicans who voted against the Pence Amendment are listed below and should be among those targeted for a primary challenge in the 2010 Congressional election cycle.
If these Members represent you, please remember this vote along with others that do not reflect the values expressed in the Republican National Platform.
We appreciate the Democrats who voted for the amendment and hope this vote is an indication of their opposition to the pro-abortion Obama health care plan:
Democrats Voting Yes on Pence Amendment…
6. L. Davis
20. Wilson (OH)
Republicans Voting No on Pence Amendment:
* New Member
* New Member since the 2007 vote, but nor new to 111th Congress.
(What was up with Stupak? He voted against the Pence Amendment!)
UPDATE, 2:55p: From the House Republican Conference:
The good news is that 20 Democrat Members voted in favor of the amendment, 4 more than when it was last offered in 2007; and only 9 Republican Members,11 fewer than in 2007, voted against the amendment.
UPDATE, 1:11p: The Pence Amendment lost. 247 opposed … 183 in favor…. 20 Democrats voted for it and only 9 Republicans against.
Thanks for making your calls.
UPDATE, 12:25p: The Pence Planned Parenthood defunding amendment is currently being argued on the House floor. A vote is expected within 2 hours, according to a House source. Calls on the Pence Amendment must be made now.
UPDATE, 11:30a: The American Life League has just issued an alert to focus calls on these congresspersons:
PLEASE CALL THE FOLLOWING CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES NOW!
1. Rep. Dan Boren (OK) – (202) 225-2701
2. Rep. Jerry Costello (IL) – (202) 225-5661
3. Rep. Lincoln Davis (TN) – (202) 225-6831
4. Rep. Joe Donnelly (IN) – (202) 225-3915
5. Rep. Brad Ellsworth (IN) – (202) 225-4636
6. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (IL) – (202) 225 – 5701
7. Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC) – (202) 225-2731
8. Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA) – (202) 225-4031
9. Rep. Alan Mollohan (WV) – (202) 225-4172
10. Rep. Solomon Ortiz (TX) – (202) 225-7742
11. Rep. Collin Peterson (MN) – (202) 225-2165
12. Rep. Nick Rahall (WV) – (202) 225-3452
13. Rep. Heath Shuler (NC) – (202) 225-6401
14. Rep. Ike Skelton (MO) – (202) 225 – 2876
15. Rep. Gene Taylor (MS) – (202) 225-5772
16. Rep. Charlie Wilson (OH) – (202) 225-5705
If you live in these districts, your call is apparently worth double.
Jim Sedlak of American Life League’s STOPP International announced last night on the StopTheAbortionMandate.com call that a bill to defund Planned Parenthood miraculously made it out of the House Rules Committee yesterday and is scheduled for a vote TODAY.
I don’t need to tell you why taxpayers should not subsidize the United States’ largest abortion provider with over $300 million annually. Aside from killing hundreds of thousands of babies a year, PP has been caught caught cooking the books, covering up underage rape, and being “excited” at the prospect of accepting donations to kill preborn black babies.
Introduced yesterday by Rep. Mike Pence, the House Republican Conference Chairman (3rd highest GOP leadership position), the same Pence Amendment shocked everyone in 2007 by garnering 198 yes votes (to 231 no votes and 16 not voting). Only 25 swings, and it would have passed.
Last night Sedlak explained the urgency of calling representatives NOW: “If the vote happens tomorrow and there is a significant number voting against PP, it will have a ripple effect on Congress and a ripple effect on the healthcare bill. A strong vote will send a message that we don’t want abortion as part of healthcare.”
So when you’re calling your representatives today to oppose abortion in healthcare, also say you support the Pence Amendment to defund Planned Parenthood as part of the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill for FY2010.
Read ALL’s press release here.
Read Pence’s op ed in Townhall.com yesterday here.
Either the Pence Amendment caught PP by surprise, or it’s trying to ignore it, or it was in on the jig with Rules leadership to pop the amendment without giving proponents time to rally, because there is no call to action against it at PP’s action page. Neither did Cecile mention it in her 9a email alert (all about healthcare) or has she Tweeted on it. RHRealityCheck has something up this morning, although the Pence Amendment is 3rd on a list of 3 complaints.
Call your reps now, please. The House switchboard is 202-224-3121. If you don’t know who your rep is, go to the top of the House home page and type in your 9-digit zip code. (Get that here.)