After weeks and months of dithering it’s all come down to today. The Stupak amendment to block federal funding of abortion will be voted on today.
In a surprise move after hours of tumultuous negotiations, the House Rules Committee, very early Saturday morning, approved rules for debate on the pro-abortion health care bill. Although it appeared Speaker Nancy Pelosi would deny one, it allows a vote on an amendment to remove abortion funding.
Pelosi’s hand appeared to have been forced when pro-abortion House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced earlier in the day that she did not have enough votes to pass the bill because of objections from pro-life Democrats.
The committee okayed a Rule that allows the House to vote on the Stupak amendment, offered by pro-life Rep. Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, to the health care reform legislation.
Pray for Congress to do the right thing. And call your legislators to encourage them to vote against taxpayer money funding abortion.
For weeks Stupak and a cohort of pro-life Democrats have held up healthcare legislation by telling Nancy Pelosi that they wouldn’t vote for the bill as long as they didn’t get an up or down vote on the floor on the Stupak amendment restricting taxpayer money from going to pay for abortions.
Pelosi clearly didn’t want to allow that bill because just about the last thing legislators want to vote on is abortion. It ranks right behind having all their teeth pulled out with pliers.
But now, because Pelosi saw she didn’t have enough votes to pass healthcare without them, she is allowing the Stupak amendment to be voted on.
Now, Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com wrote today that “If the amendment is defeated, Stupak and pro-life Democrats will likely still oppose the bill because of the abortion funding.”
But I’m not so sure about it as Stupak stated previously that if his amendment were defeated he would likely vote for the healthcare bill whether it included abortion or not. So I’m hoping Ertelt has some information that I don’t have.
Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews.com that today’s vote on the Stupak Amendment could be the most important abortion-related vote since the Supreme Court cast its decision on Roe v. Wade.
“This will be one of the most important roll call votes that U.S. House members ever casts on a pro-life issue,” he said. “Any lawmaker who votes against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment is, in effect, voting in favor of establishing a federal government program that will directly fund abortion on demand, with federal funds.”
Pray and act. Almost all of us who read this blog are pro-life. Well, today is the day the rubber meets the road. Please call your legislators.