Great quotes in this ABC News story today:
For 36 years, the controversial Roe v. Wade decision set the ground rules for abortion law in the US, but the issue has continued to simmer beneath the political surface. With the momentum to get a health care bill passed by the end of the year, it is now threatening to boil over and derail the health care legislation, and one senator is leading the helm - Ben Nelson of NE.
Nelson, 68, is a longtime abortion opponent. His amendment to tighten restrictions on federal funding for abortion was struck down in the Senate on Dec. 8, even though a similar measure passed in the House.
Since then, Nelson has racheted up the heat and is threatening to filibuster with Republicans if language similar to what he proposed is not included in the health care bill....
Nelson said Thursday... "But as it is, without modifications, [Sen. Bob Casey's compromise] language concerning abortion is not sufficient."...
Lawmakers and the White House both have tried to woo Nelson, who has famously declared his vote is not for sale. He has met with President Obama 3 times in 8 days....
Rep. Bart Stupak, D-MI, rejected the Casey proposal as a "non-starter," and expressed confidence that his language will be included in the final bill. Stupak told ABC News he has been in touch with Sen. Nelson.
"They are holding tough and they are asking me, 'Is the House holding tough?'" Stupak said. "Our members are holding, so we will not pass if they are putting anything but a version of our language."...
In recent weeks, the WH has racheted up pressure on Democratic leaders to pass a health care overhaul bill. President Obama has repeatedly urged his party members to reach a compromise, saying that this is a health care bill, not an abortion bill.
But the controversial issue is unlikely to fade away any time soon, and some liberal Democrats say that the party needs to reframe the debate to reach out to Americans....
The abortion debate is likely to take center stage as Senate Democratic leaders clamor to gain full support for the health care bill by Christmas.
Nelson's office did not return calls seeking comment, but his counterparts say they will not back down anytime soon.
"This isn't an argument on merit. This is more an argument on their pride," Rep. Stupak said of his Democratic colleagues who opposed his amendment. "They chose this fight and lost."
This is the time to remind congress that every single baby in the womb has a God-given right to life which government has
a duty to protect.
"The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction, is the chief and only legitimate object of good government" Thomas Jefferson.
Roe v Wade was about Personhood: Abolishing abortion is too!
God bless you, senator Nelson. I wish you were my senator instead of Bob Casey Jr.!Posted by: Phillymiss at December 18, 2009 10:59 AM
I wish Sen. Nelson was my Senator too instead of Dick (the Dirty) Durbin and Roland (the Tainted and Useless) Burris. God help Illinois. And God Bless Sen. Nelson and his associates. And may God have mercy on these leaders and open their hearts and minds to what is right and good for ALL Americans instead of what is good for their pocketbooks and careers.Posted by: MamaMT at December 18, 2009 11:13 AM
With Franken & Klobuchar as my senators, I have no representation but am reminded that I can have an audience with the King of Kings at any time. What a privilege! Hold our politicians (all of them) up in prayer; none of this is a surprise to God.Posted by: klynn73 at December 18, 2009 11:43 AM
I know this if off topic Jill and mods but can you report on the Aurora PP situation. An off-duty 41yo Chicago cop pulled a gun on one of the sidewalk counselors on Wednesday morning. The APD are trying to cover for this guy and say she mistook his badge for a gun. We need to get the word out about this I am sure Eric Schiedler from Pro-life Action League can fill you guys in on this. God bless.Posted by: Prolifer L at December 18, 2009 11:56 AM
We're all pulling and praying for Sen. Nelson and Cong. Stupak and the rest of the House pro-life Dems. It is so good to know that Stupak and Nelson are encouraging each other! This, on top of Sen. Nelson's comments on the Lincoln radio station yesterday, are really bolstering pro-life support behind them. I hope the pro-life message is getting through to Nelson & Stupak's office phone lines which, as we all know, are ringing off the hook. Keep calling if you get a busy signal!Posted by: Julie Schmit-Albin at December 18, 2009 12:14 PM
Nelson, "My vote's not for sale!"
You gotta love that, a politician with integrity!
Am I ever jealous. Although Stupak is a Michigander, not my district though.
I just emailed 'em both, God bless 'em!Posted by: Ed at December 18, 2009 12:55 PM
As a Nebraskan I am very proud of Sen. Nelson and glad he is finally getting noticed. I am a Republican but have always voted for Sen. Nelson for Governor and for Senator. I admire his integrity, Pro-life stance and common sense way of thinking. Please support him as he feels the entire weight of the Democratic National Committee coming down on him.
Thank you Sen. Nelson!!!