Unless changed, the health care reform legislation currently written
and debated as HB 3200 will use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak is still working to change that. It’s been a battle.

In appropriations bills, we have had the Mexico City
language and the Dornan language in place for a number of years. But
this year, when we tried to put the right-to-life amendments in the
appropriation bills, we lost every time.

Normally, when we go to the Rules Committee, we’d have a vote on the
House floor. This is the first year the Rules Committee hasn’t allowed
us any pro-life amendment.

If it becomes law, H.R. 3200 [as it is now written] will be the
health policy for the United States. The policy regarding public
funding for abortion will no longer be found in annual appropriations
bills, but in H.R. 3200. That means public funding for abortion will be
allowed — and under public options: At least one dollar of your money
will go to supplement reproductive rights or abortion services…

Last week, 30 of us in the House said, “Give us the Hyde Amendment or we’re voting against the rule.”

Good for the 30, and may their ranks swell…

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....