UPDATE, 12/9, 8:35a: According to a House source:
The omnibus appropriations bill was considered by a House-Senate Conference [last] night and according to reports (text is not yet available for review), the Mexico City Policy and federal employee provisions were fixed and are no longer a pro-life problem in the bill. But, the hostile DC abortion funding provision was retained. That means that the conference report to be voted on by the House and Senate contains a change to the DC funding policy that would allow congressionally appropriated funds to be used to pay for abortion on demand in the District of Columbia.12/8, 12:07p: The push for public funded abortions in healthcare isn't enough. Pro-aborts never sleep in their bloodthirsty quest to advance taxpayer funding and access to abortion. The National Right to Life Committee issued this heads up last night:
35 senators today warned congressional Democratic leaders against attempting to use omnibus appropriations legislation as a vehicle to overturn longstanding pro-life policies on 3 different issues....
In a letter delivered today to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV), the 35 Republican senators, led by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), warned that if any of the provisions making pro-abortion policy changes are included, the omnibus legislation will face stiff resistance. "We want to assure you that we are prepared to take full advantage of our rights under Senate rules" to prevent enactment of the abortion-related provisions, the letter states....
Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the NRLC), commented: "At the same time that congressional Democratic leaders are trying to win enactment of government-funded abortion in their health care legislation, they are also considering using end-of-year omnibus appropriations legislation to try to smuggle in removals of longstanding bans on government-funded abortion in the nation's Capitol, and in their own insurance plans."
Democratic leaders are currently crafting omnibus appropriations legislation that will encompass most or all of the 7 regular appropriations bills that have not yet been enacted for the current fiscal year.
The possible abortion-related provisions at issue would:
lift a longstanding ban on funding of abortions by the city government of Washington, DC, allowing funding of abortion on demand with funds appropriated by Congress lift a longstanding ban on coverage of elective abortions in the private health plans that participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, which covers over 7 million federal employees and dependents, including most members of Congress permanently prevent any US president from restricting US funding of foreign organizations that are committed to promoting abortion as a method of birth control [JLS note: Mexico City policy]
So add your opposition to these 3 provisions when you call your senators opposing public funding in healthcare.
I read a comment from a woman yesterday who said that she had started a Facebook group called, "I Want My Tax Dollars to Go to Abortion." I was tempted to join Facebook just to start a counter group: "I Want My Tax Dollars to Go to Something Useful, Like Relief in Darfur."
Taxes ought to promote social justice. :)
Oh, and speaking of social justice- could one of you please remind me to get my letters to local churches and the local college finished about doing presentations on Darfur next time that I post?Posted by: Vannah at December 8, 2009 12:21 PM
Remind me to remind you.Posted by: bmmg39 at December 8, 2009 12:26 PM
I want my tax dollars to go to helping people in need! Darfur included!Posted by: Phillymiss at December 8, 2009 12:29 PM
It's unbelievable what gets started on Facebook. There are several PRO-LIFE groups on Facebook, but people join groups on there JUST to antagonize members. The FBI had to get involved a few weeks back(don't know if you heard about it), because some teen-age kid(as it turned out)made up a poll on there "Should Obama Be Killed?" Sorry to segway like that..I know it wasn't really 'relevant' to the post. :)Posted by: Pamela at December 8, 2009 4:20 PM
I hope this ends up killing the Health Care bill.Posted by: Ed at December 8, 2009 5:20 PM
Your tax dollars pay for war. Your tax dollars pay for big farm subsidies. Your tax dollars subsidized part of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs bonuses being distributed this January.
And if you pay LOCAL taxes, then you support the roads and public transportation systems that both doctors and patients use to get to the hospital or clinic. So in an indirect way, you help make abortion possible if you pay local taxes of any kind. And viewed from that angle, it is possible that more state and city tax revenue is being used to subsidize abortion than federal dollars are. Think about it.
I know this effort is an interim solution while your side fights to criminalize abortion (clearly the ultimate goal). But until that happens, your tax dollars are used for a lot of objectionable things.
A bigger question might concern you and the companies you work for. If your employer pays for your health insurance, and the private plan you're under covers abortion, do you object to that? What do you do - opt out and buy your own insurance plan out of pocket?
Well hello Dahly,
Got to give you props and creds for asking some questions that must have required a little thought on your part.
Be careful to contain your enthusiasm.
You wouldn't want to over exert yourself.
You might strain something.
yor bro kenPosted by: kbhvac at December 8, 2009 6:40 PM
Dhalgren, I don't agree with the war, was furious when I found out that the CEOs got big bonuses (and, for the record, their plans were shut down when people protested because they didn't want their money being spent on that- look at that), and I've longed been adamant that any money that we have ought to go to education and international relief.
People are allowed to protest tax dollars going to objectionable activities all the time- even with success sometimes. Why can't we have the same right?Posted by: Vannah at December 8, 2009 6:45 PM
Has anyone checked the news? MSNBC and The New York Times have both reported that the pro-life amendments have been shot down in Congress. :(Posted by: Vannah at December 8, 2009 7:34 PM
Come on everyone- Buy the stunning documentary which exposes the racist agenda of abortion - Maafa21 and send one to every Rep and senator on Capital Hill and in your state. If we show how racist this is- than anyone who funds Planned Parenthood or abortion is racist as well. SIMPLE !
Get Maafa21 here: http://www.maafa21.comPosted by: Rapnsum at December 9, 2009 12:19 PM
My tax dollars already fund many objectionable projects ... that's true. The long-term solution to that problem is quite simple: reduce the size of the government. A smaller government would spend fewer tax dollars overall, which would certainly mean fewer tax dollars spent on objectionable causes.
But that's not the key issue for pro-lifers. Our main point of concern is that public funding for abortions will increase the number of abortions. More children will be killed in Uncle Sam steps forward to pay the bill for their destruction. It's just that simple.
No government funding of abortions = Some women choose not to abort because they can't/won't pay for it.
Government funding of abortion = More women will choose to abort because, hey, it's "free"!
Pro-lifers believe that abortion is a Bad Thing. Therefore, we want fewer of them. (Zero, ideally.) Since public funding of abortion would increase the number of abortions, we oppose such funding.Posted by: Naaman at December 9, 2009 2:15 PM