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[JLS Note: Lots of good information and links in the following NRLC statement…]

This is a
congressional update from the National Right to Life
Committee (NRLC), issued on Friday, September 18, 2009, at 4
PM EDT. Please forward this update to any appropriate
pro-life lists. For further information, visit the NRLC
website at:



They say, we say:
Recent NRLC rebuttals to
about the pro-abortion health care bills


18, 2009) — The pro-abortion public relations machine is in
full throttle in support of the abortion-related components
of the health care bills that are being pushed by the White
House and top congressional Democrats.

1. A detailed outline of Senator Max Baucus’ proposed
health care bill was released on September 16. The proposal
has many objectionable components pertaining to both
abortion and rationing. The initial NRLC statement on the
bill is

. A follow up release on the “death spiral”
provision is


2. Over the last few days, a number of websites,
including Huffington Post, The Hill, and,
have published an essay by Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Ca.)
titled, “The Truth About the Capps Amendment.” We recommend
that you read the piece on,

. That site has a permissive comment policy, and
NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson has challenged
Rep. Capps in a detailed rebuttal.

3. The Baltimore Sun ran (twice!) an op ed by Planned
Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile
Richards, titled, “Plan
Wouldn’t Fund Abortion
,” most recently on September
13. A rebuttal by NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson
titled “Planned Parenthood’s Hidden Agenda on Health Reform”
was submitted to the Sun but ignored. However, on September
16, the Winona (Mn.) Daily News, which also ran the original
Richards piece, published the rebuttal, under the title
“What Does Cecile Richards Really Want?,”


4. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus did her bit
for the Capps Amendment in

a column
that ran in the Post on September 9, and
subsequently in some other papers. National Review Online
published a rebuttal by NRLC’s Douglas Johnson

, also on September 9.

5. Laurie Rubiner, vice president for public policy
and advocacy for the Planned Parenthood Federation of
America (PPFA), posted an essay titled “Bridging the Divide
on Health Care for Women,” dated September 9, 2009, on Daily
Kos, and on, where a detailed rebuttal by
NRLC’s Douglas Johnson was posted,


6. Veteran pro-abortion activist Frances Kissling
posted an essay on several websites, “Exploiting the Health
Care Debate to Restrict Abortion.” The thrust of Kissling’s
essay was that the pro-abortion side had already compromised
enough and that no further concessions should be made to the
right-to-life side. A rebuttal by NRLC’s Douglas Johnson was
posted on on September 16,


7. On September 11,
examined in detail, and
rated as “True,” the following statement by House Republican
Leader John Boehner (R-Oh.): “During his quest for the
presidency, now-President Obama declared that everyone
deserves access to reproductive health care that includes
abortion, and vowed that this ‘right’ would be at the heart
of his health care reform plan if elected president.” It is


8. In light of some of the press coverage of recent
days, it is evident that
September 8 “duped media” advisory
remains timely
and should be required reading for journalists who are
covering the congressional fight.