Monday, October 12, 2009

Pro-Life Democrats To Stand Against Pelosi?

I will admit to taking the claim that there are pro-life Democrats in Congress with some skepticism. For how can anyone who takes their defense of the unborn seriously ally themselves with a Party that opposes any restrictions on abortion? Well, news today that pro-life Democrats in the House may oppose ObamaCare if they are not allowed a vote preventing the funding of abortion is welcomed.

"Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, told that Democrats who oppose government funding of abortion will try to block the health care reform bill from coming to a vote on the House floor unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) allows a floor vote on an amendment to explicitly prohibit abortion funding in the bill.

Stupak was responding to a question from about White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’s contention at Friday’s press briefing that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops were mistaken in their belief that the Hyde Amendment, which bars abortion funding in each year’s Health and Human Services Appropriation, would not apply to the new programs created and funded through the health care bill.

What Stupak wants to do is attach the language of the Hyde Amendment to the health-care bill itself so that abortion funding is permanently and explicitly barred in the federally funded health insurance plans..."

If there are truly committed pro-life Democrats in the House, they could align themselves with Republicans on this a stop ObamaCare. This will be a test to see if their claim to be pro-life is believable.