NRLC & NARAL Oppose Senator Reid Health Care Bill
It is a once in a lifetime occurrence a rare agreement between the Pro-Choice group NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) and the Pro-Life group NRLC (National Right To Life Committee) - both condemn the Harry Reid Senate health care bill.
Director Douglas Johnson the Director of the NRLC says of the Harry Reid Health Care Bill "Reid seeks to cover elective abortions in two big new federal health programs, but tried to conceal that unpopular eality with layers of contrived definitions and hollow boo keeping requirements."
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL says the Reid Bill regarding abortion funding is "completely unacceptable" and has a big flaw "...the legislation includes a compromise that continues existing laws that unfairly single out abortion care, including a ban on federal funding."
Visitors to the NARAL site are greeted with a message (see photo) that urges them to sign a petition to change the language.
The argument is over what is being called the Pitts-Stupak Amendment. This is the language used to get a Health Care Bill passed by the House of Representatives. It prevents "direct" federal funding for abortions.
"Right-To-Life" critics argue the Harry Reid Bill provides funding through the back door.
Pro-choice critics argue the Pitts-Stupak Amendment should never have been adopted in the first place.
Republican Orin Hatch says he will introduce his own "abortion language amendment" when the Reid Bill goes to the floor of the Senate this weekend