Red Alert: House healthcare bill coming TOMORROW with no abortion exclusion

Ok, game on. From Congress Daily (subscription only), today:

Nancy Pelosi, healthcare, Bart Stupak, abortion, Jill Stanek.jpg

House Speaker Pelosi is planning to roll out the House Democrats' healthcare reform legislation Thursday morning....

The timing is "to... keep[ ] the leaders' promise of a 72-hour public viewing period."

Then the rubber meets the road. Before Pelosi can officially introduce the bill in the House next week, a majority of House members must vote to allow that to happen. ...

This is the vote, or procedural rule, pro-life Congressman Bart Stupak has been threatening to stop with his coalition of 40 if Pelosi doesn't allow him to introduce a Hyde-type amendment on the Floor explicitly excluding abortion from nationalized healthcare. Pelosi can only lose 38 Dems. Her magic number is 218.

And for all the behind-the-scenes wrangling, Pelosi is not going to give him that. According to Congress Daily:

Leaders have indicated to members that no amendments will be allowed on the floor, said Rep. Bart Stupak, D-MI, who added he continues to negotiate with leaders over how to handle abortion rights....

Action Item: Call your congressperson NOW. I heard Michelle Bachmann recommend on WLS radio last week to call every morning of every business day. Ok. This is the moment all the August townhalls were gearing up for.

National Right to Life has a handy guide to find your congressperson along with a cheat sheet of exactly what to say. Click on graphic below to get to link:

National Right to Life alert, Nancy Pelosi, healthcare, abortion, Bart Stupak.jpg

NRLC gives the DC #. I'm told the DC lines are ringing so off the hook right now offices have interns helping answer the calls, and we're not sure our calls are being tallied.

So for that reason, and because it's always more meaningful to call a rep's home base, word is it would be particularly helpful right now to call the district office, if you have the wherewithal to get the #.

IF Pelosi calls for the procedural vote next week, and IF she loses that vote, our victory would be HUGE.

[Pelosi graphic via Congress Daily]


Comments:

"IF Pelosi calls for the procedural vote next week, and IF she loses that vote, our victory would be HUGE."

Really, there would be fewer abortions tomorrow than there were yesterday? Or is "victory" just getting in the way?

Posted by: Hal at October 28, 2009 8:41 PM


Can I tell you right now that my congressman is the illustrious Alan Grayson of "K Street Whore" infamy who absolutely does not care a whit about my opinion since it doesn't square with his neanderthal agenda?

Can I tell you I got a bunch of fellow homeschooling moms together during the summer, dragging the combined total of eleven children into the lobby of his office building, spoke with his staffer who graciously handed us sheets of paper to fill out our "concerns', only to find out later that we were being accused of wanting people to "die quickly"?

Can I tell you that, Jill Stanek?

These are the times that try prolifers' souls.

That is why, for the life of me, I cannot comprehend WHY people who identify themselves as pro life went off and voted for this Peace Prizer, when the evidence was there from the get-go that he had absolutely no intention of backing down from ideology that's in his DNA.

I defy them to spin it otherwise.

Posted by: carder at October 28, 2009 8:53 PM


Abortion is NEVER necessary and IS NOT HEALTH CARE. Those babies who are aborted for inconvenience reasons could have been adopted by a childless couple who want a baby, who could pay for the woman's medical expenses and be there for her entire pregnancy.

I can count on my congressmen cause all three of Nebraska's congress members are PRO LIFE.

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at October 28, 2009 8:59 PM


"Really, there would be fewer abortions tomorrow than there were yesterday? Or is "victory" just getting in the way?"

Posted by: Hal at October 28, 2009 8:41 PM

My crystal ball is broken so I can't say about tomorrow but it would be a victory if the Bill doesn't pass, for those of us who think it is morally objectionable to subsidize abortions.

Posted by: Janet at October 28, 2009 10:26 PM


Hal,
For those of us that know a child dies in an abortion and a woman is wounded and have serious moral issues with abortion, how do you think we feel about paying for one?

Honestly Hal, can you even begin to imagine what it would feel like to me to pay for someone else's abortion??!!

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at October 29, 2009 8:43 AM


For those of us who are against war, or torture, capital punishment, can we claim that we don't want to pay taxes to support those as well and get an amendment passed that takes my tax dollars out of bills that support those?
Or would it be better to fight against the actual problem and save some of my energy?

Posted by: Millie at October 29, 2009 9:27 AM


For those of us who are against war, or torture, capital punishment, can we claim that we don't want to pay taxes to support those as well and get an amendment passed that takes our tax dollars out of bills that support those?
Or would it be better to fight against the actual problem and save some of my energy?

Posted by: Millie at October 29, 2009 9:28 AM


Here's the central point:
Pro-choicers and pro-lifers both agree that public funding for abortions would increase the number of abortions. Therefore, Madame Pelosi's current healthcare proposal would increase the number of abortions.

Don't get distracted by other details. Yes, it's hideous for our tax dollars to pay to kill innocent children ... but our tax dollars pay for other hideous things. Yes, it's all one big accounting trick anyway. Those topics are worthy of discussion, but they aren't the main reason for pro-lifers to oppose healthcare "reform" as it is currently being pushed. We must stay focused!

Pro-lifers should oppose the Dems' healthcare proposal because public funding for abortions will cause more abortions.

Posted by: Naaman at October 29, 2009 11:00 AM