WASHINGTON, DC, October 13, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A major piece of pro-life legislation being considered in Congress today has the pro-abortion lobby out in full force.
HR 358, the Protect Life Act, would prevent federal tax dollars from funding any health plan that covers abortion, except when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or is threatening the mother’s life. It also strengthens the conscience rights of health care workers and institutions to reject abortion training, procedures, or referrals.
The bill is scheduled for a vote today in the House of Representatives, and is expected to pass, despite enormous pressure from Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
All three organizations have posted action alerts on their websites exhorting supporters to contact their representatives in opposition to the legislation, which NARAL has dubbed the “Let Women Die Bill.” One Capitol Hill staffer at a pro-life congressman’s office reported that his office has recently been inundated by pro-abortion letters.
“The bill would allow a hospital to refuse a woman life-saving, emergency abortion care even if she will die without it,” claimed NARAL on their site, a claim repeated by other pro-abortion organizations and legislators.
Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, set up a phone line which equips callers with pro-abortion talking points and then forwards them to the office of their state representative.
The organization has compelling financial incentive to oppose the bill. According to an analysis of its 2009 financial statement by Live Action, 38.4% of Planned Parenthood’s income for that fiscal year came from abortion services.
President Obama has vowed to veto the bill if it reaches his desk, although it is unlikely to make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate.