Abortion Is a
Serious, Lethal Violation of Human Rights
By Congressman Chris
Even though reputable
polls consistently show that public funding of abortion is opposed
by a supermajority of Americans, the multibillion dollar abortion
industry—its lobbyists and friends in Congress and the White
House—are today demanding that Obamacare force Americans to
facilitate the killing of unborn children and the wounding of their
mothers by paying for and even mandating abortion coverage.
This obsession with
promoting the culture of death is astonishing. Today, in 2010, we
know and understand more about the magnificent world of unborn
children than ever before. We have empirical evidence that these
babies move inside the womb and stretch, do somersaults and kick,
wake and sleep.
We know that
beneficial prenatal health interventions including microsurgery can
be performed in utero, and that these children can feel excruciating
physical pain before birth—including the pain deliberately inflicted
by abortionists. Despite all this, President Obama and the Democrat
leadership remain on a fast track to compel, force, mandate, and
coerce public subsidies for abortion coverage.
Abortion is violence
against children, and it exploits and harms women. It is certainly
not health care for the baby who is destroyed, and now we know that
abortion even adversely affects the health of subsequent children
born to women who abort.
President Obama and
Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have turned a blind
eye to these “inconvenient truths” about abortion and instead
willingly do the bidding of the billion-dollar abortion lobby. Yet
the American people have not been deceived. The pro-life public
continues to urge Congress not to enact a bill that would have so
deadly an effect on women and children.
pundits thought the House of Representatives would never even
consider an amendment to prohibit abortion funding, the spirit,
compassion, and determination of the pro-life movement surprised
them all. After a tenacious group of pro-life Democrats led by Rep.
Bart Stupak (D-Mi.) refused to retreat from their principles, the
amendment passed overwhelmingly and is a part of the House-passed
Then, under intense
pressure from the billion-dollar baby-bludgeoning abortion lobby,
the Senate rejected the Stupak amendment and instead adopted a
highly deceptive policy that will massively increase the number of
children killed and mothers wounded by abortion. The Senate-passed
bill contains numerous loopholes designed to advance the abortion
agenda. Accounting gimmicks mask taxpayer funding for insurance
coverage that includes abortion.
funneled to community health clinics may be used to conduct
abortions. And, the bill would even force insurance companies to
cover abortion if it is classified as a preventive service!
The abortion industry
is intent on getting its piece of the billions of dollars made
available through health care restructuring, because
government-facilitated abortion means more income and more profits.
Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson can attest to
the profit motives of the abortion industry. She has said, “Abortion
is the most lucrative part of Planned Parenthood’s operations. ... [T]hey
really wanted to increase the number of abortions so that they could
increase their income.” Imagine the earnings they could gain by
billing the government-subsidized insurance plans for elective
Once again, the
voices of pro-life Americans must be heard loud and clear. The
Congress must now reconcile the very different House and Senate
bills. Will Congress take the side of the vulnerable unborn and
adopt the House language? Or will the powerful abortion lobby
Americans want, and
the public deserves, total transparency and truth in legislation.
Yet the Democratic leadership is meeting behind closed doors to
hammer out the differences between the House and Senate bills.
Undoubtedly they will attempt every gimmick and obfuscation possible
to hide the deadly intentions woven into the legislation.
language is already embedded into the Senate bill. Contrary to the
long-standing Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funding for
health insurance coverage that includes abortion, the Senate bill
offers subsidies for insurance that includes abortion. Some argue
that this egregious deviation from current federal policy is ok,
because the Senate bill employs an accounting gimmick. This is a
phony effort to subsidize and expand the abortion industry cloaked
in deceptive language. If that weren’t enough, even the accounting
gimmicks are designed to be dismantled in the future.
If Congress truly
wants to keep abortion out of the health care bill, simply accept
the Stupak amendment which establishes a permanent policy that says
clearly and plainly that there can be no funding for abortion and no
government subsidies for plans that cover abortion.
evidence that public funding of abortion means more abortions is
both logical and compelling. Even the Guttmacher Institute—formerly
the research arm of Planned Parenthood—says that prohibiting federal
funds under the Hyde Amendment prevents abortions that otherwise
would have been procured by a stunning 25 percent.
That means that since
enactment of funding bans in the late 70s and early 80s, millions of
children, who would have been brutally killed by abortionists if
public funding had facilitated their deaths, today live, and go to
school, or perhaps may even compete in the Olympics this winter.
Whether or not the
government funds abortion literally means life or death for
countless individuals going forward. The Senate health bill
discriminates against the most vulnerable minority in America
today—unborn babies—and is the quintessential example of the
politics of exclusion, in this case because of the child’s age and
conditions of dependency and vulnerability.
Abortion is a
serious, lethal violation of human rights—and now we are on the
verge of being compelled to subsidize it. Slaughtering innocent
children must never be construed as health care. True health care
reform respects, protects, and enhances human life.
Congressman Smith is
co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.