President Barack Obama has accused pro- lifers of
"bearing false witness" and fabrication in regard to our
claims that the health care bills under consideration
would fund abortion.
President Obama Says Pro-Lifers Are Lying About Abortion
And Health Care
In a conference call last Wednesday President Barack
Obama told thousands of listeners that our claim that
the health care bills would fund abortion is "bearing
false witness" and that these claims are fabrications.
The President should speak for himself.
Yesterday, FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan watch dog group
for public officials, the media and other groups,
said that President Obama has it wrong. "The House
bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal
plan and by federally subsidized private plans."
a story earlier this month by the Associated Press,
"Gov't insurance would allow coverage for abortion"
(August 5, 2009).
That the President should resort to these false
accusations of pro-lifers and other opponents of
taxpayer funding of abortion as lying, as well as
misrepresenting the bills, this shows the impact that
our phone calls, emails, demonstrations, showing up at
town hall meetings, writing letters to the editor and
telling our friends has had.
Obama was very forceful about funding abortion through
health care reform during the campaign. He told Planned
Parenthood that his health care vision included
abortion. But now he has resorted to calling us liars,
or bearers of false witness.
This is beneath the dignity of his office, just as it is
beneath the dignity of the offices of other
Congressional leaders like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and
others who have called their opponents angry mobs,
un-American, evil mongers, the new racists; said they
are carrying swastikas and comparing them to Nazis for
showing up and daring to question them and criticize the
bill. What happened to the President's promise of being
some kind of transformative figure who brings people
There's more work to do, but the President of the United
States' willingness to resort to personal attacks shows
how effective all of us have been. The public is on our
Seventy-one percent oppose requiring "insurance
plans pay for abortions when the abortions are performed
as a method of birth control."
Seventy-one percent oppose "using tax dollars to pay
for abortions here in the United States."
Pro-life advocacy is working. Keep up the good work.
Let's pour it on. Call and or email your Congressman and
Senators. Ask them "to oppose any health care reform
bill that does not explicitly exclude abortion." If
passed without doing so, it will lead to the most
massive increase in abortion since Roe v. Wade. Tell
your friends and ask them to do the same. Go to a town
hall meeting (see below). Write a letter to the editor.
And remember to be courteous. Contact information for
your Congressman and Senators is to the side.