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Congressional Debate Over SCHIP Bill and Tax-Funded Abortions Returns
Life News ^ | 9/13/07 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 09/13/2007 5:08:03 PM PDT by wagglebee

Washington, DC ( -- Members of Congress will likely be embroiled in a debate again soon over the bill to fund the SCHIP program. Last month, Congress voted against a Bush administration policy that allows states to provide funding for poor pregnant women that could help them avoid abortions.

In 2002, President Bush authorized a change in the SCHIP program that allowed states to cover poor pregnant women and their unborn babies under the medical insurance program.

Several states such as California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Texas, Wisconsin and Michigan have done so.

Pro-life groups were thankful for the "unborn child rule" because the program provides help to vulnerable pregnant women who might have an abortion because of financial pressures.

But, pro-abortion lawmakers in the House revised the program last month and dropped the Unborn Child Rule in favor of language saying that pregnant women can be covered, but not their babies.

Sen. Wayne Allard, a Colorado Republican, attempted to include unborn children again, but his amendment was defeated Thursday on a 50-49 mostly party-line vote.

Despite the vote, Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of National Right to Life, says the House and Senate version of the SCHIP bills take different approaches to the "unborn child rule."

“The Senate bill does have language that makes it clear that they are not overturning the rule," he told the National Catholic Register.

As a result, the eventual approach the bill takes will depend on the outcome of a conference committee which will meet later this month to iron out the differences in the two pieces of legislation.

What the conference committee decides is important because not only will pregnant women lose medical support but taxpayers could be forced to fund abortions if the House language becomes the language used in the final bill sent to President Bush.

The court decisions requiring some states to fund abortions would come into play with the House language in place.

“The pregnant woman can get whatever coverage that pregnant women get in that state,” Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. bishops’ conference told the Register. “In 17 states, that means elective abortions.”

“Obviously we think that covering the woman and child in the name of the unborn child is preferable,” he said.

Johnson says President Bush will likely veto the bill for this and other reasons and that Congress will have to start over with a new version of the SCHIP bill that is less objectionable.

“There are a lot of other issues in play,” Johnson said. “No matter what happens in conference, it may end up that what the Congress committee produces will be vetoed and we’ll be back to square one.”

TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; congress; prolife; schip

1 posted on 09/13/2007 5:08:05 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus;; narses; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping

2 posted on 09/13/2007 5:08:32 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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The court decisions requiring some states to fund abortions would come into play with the House language in place.

As long as the pain the babies feel as a result of these decisions can somehow be transferred to the judges who rendered them...

3 posted on 09/13/2007 6:35:54 PM PDT by Lexinom (
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To: wagglebee

It is incredu;ous that NOT ONE DEMOCRAT voted for this amendment to cover the unborn children.

I now know what the phrase “the spirit of Antichrist” in the Bible was trying to convey.

4 posted on 09/13/2007 6:38:48 PM PDT by exit82 (Major General, Armchair Warriors USA)
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Yep. This bill is pure, full throttle health care socialism. Its HillaryCare via the back door. SCHIP is one ship that deserves to sink this year.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 09/13/2007 6:43:32 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri Dailies


6 posted on 09/14/2007 5:51:13 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: goldstategop
health care socialism

Actually, it is beginning to look like the Democratic Party supports the principles of Nazism--socialism plus eugenics (kill the babies of poor people) with a dab of anti-smoking thrown in.

All Germans must be healthy Germans, you know--for the good of the Reich!


7 posted on 09/15/2007 3:16:17 AM PDT by cgbg (There are two Americas--those who have the blackmail files and those who don't.)
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