October 11, 2011 Print

Protect Life Act Vote Scheduled for Thursday

by Karla Dial

An important pro-life bill will come up for a vote in the full U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

The Protect Life Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., aims to completely strip abortion funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the sweeping overhaul of the American health care system better known as ObamaCare.

As passed in 2010, the law will subsidize abortion through insurance starting in 2014: Private health insurance companies that participate in state exchanges that cover abortion will receive federal money to offset the costs, and will charge all members at least $1 a month to cover them.

Not only does ObamaCare force everyone to pay for abortions, it also denies health care workers the right to a free conscience.

The law contains no exemptions allowing them to opt out of performing procedures that violate their conscience or religious beliefs. That means Catholic hospitals, for example, could be punished through the withholding of federal funds for not training their own workers to do abortions or referring patients to facilities that do; individuals refusing to perform abortions could lose their jobs.

HR 358, which has a broad bipartisan coalition of 145 cosponsors, aims to fix all those problems.

“It’s the first step, but an important step,” said Ray Yonkura, press secretary for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. “It will really show what kind of strength we have behind the pro-life movement here in our House.

“For those of us on the front lines of the pro-life fight, the Obama administration has turned back some of our progress and taken the energy out of our movement. The number one focus of the American government is to protect human life, so now is the time to take this vote.”

Pitts, who introduced the bill in April 2010, noted that ObamaCare marks a distinct departure from the longstanding principles of the Hyde amendment, which has maintained a large fence between taxpayer dollars and abortion since 1976.

“A majority of Americans have consistently shown they oppose federal funding for abortion,” he said. “I’m proud to have strong support from both sides of the aisle. I never want protecting life to be a partisan issue.”

Please call today to encourage your member of Congress to vote “Yes” on HR 358, the Protect Life Act, on Thursday.

Read HR 358.

Learn about how ObamaCare will fund abortion without legislative intervention.