Anti-abortion group slams Senate’s 7am Christmas Eve “betrayal”

Steve Watson
Thursday, Dec 24, 2009

The passage of the healthcare overhaul in the Senate has prompted strong reaction from a leading anti-abortion group highlighting the fact that the legislation paves the way for federally funded and managed abortion coverage without limits.

Non-partisan political action committee, Susan B. Anthony List, described the bill as “a gift no one wants: abortion for all, at taxpayer-expense.”

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser issued a statement, commenting that the bill will “open the floodgates for the greatest expansion of government-backed abortion since Roe v. Wade.”

The group, that has urged Congress to exclude abortion from health care reform, explains that if signed into law, the Senate version of the legislation will see states that choose to ‘opt-out’ of abortion coverage still be forced to foot the bill for abortions in other states such as California and New York.

“This is not ‘compromise’ or ‘middle ground.’ The only ones who support the senate abortion language are a handful of senators so far-removed from the consciences of their own constituents that it’s laughable.” the statement reads.

“This bill is a betrayal of conscience for millions of Americans. And it is a betrayal of the principles proclaimed by Reid, Nelson, and Casey.” the statement continues.

“Today’s vote is exactly the type of ‘leadership’ that repels the American electorate. Americans are hungry for authenticity. They are hungry for leaders whose actions follow their principles, for stalwart representatives who will never abandon their convictions for a sweet deal. Unfortunately, on Christmas Eve 2009, as a result of that lack of real leadership, Americans received the gift of abortion in the name of ‘health care reform.’” it concludes.

The group plans to target representatives in Congress to get behind Bart Stupak, the Democrat who entered an amendment to bar taxpayer money from funding abortions under government health care except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger.

The more restrictive House version of the healthcare bill bars any federal subsidies for plans that cover abortion purchased on the state insurance exchanges. It also requires anyone seeking coverage for elective abortions to purchase separate insurance riders.

Stupack spoke out yesterday, saying that the White House has been pressuring him to back down on the abortion language in the Congress version of the bill. Stupack today declared that the bill will “go down in flames” because the Senate bill differs too much from the version passed by the House to be accepted.