Health Care Bill Must Contain Stupak Amendment Or
Government Will Fund and Subsidize Abortion.
Does Harry Reid Support Stupak Amendment To Prevent
Abortion Funding & Subsidies?
No one can believe Reidís claims that bill doesnít fund
Reid told Weekly Standard he could support a health care
bill funding abortion.
Reid knowingly told constituents that House bill
excluded abortion when it didnít.
Reid falsely told constituents that Hyde would stop
abortion funding in health care.
Reid said claims that House bill funded abortion without
Stupak was a myth.
Claims to be pro-life are meaningless and smokescreen.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2009
Don Nelson, Nevada LIFE, 775-530-0029
The following statement can
be attributed to Nevada LIFE President Don Nelson:
Does Harry Reid support the Stupak Amendment which passed
the House 240-194 to keep government funding out of health
care reform? Harry Reidís claim that the health care bill
he is writing in the Senate will not pay for or subsidize
abortion will not be believable unless it contains the
Stupak-Pitts amendment to ban the use of government funds
to pay for or subsidize abortion.
If Reidís bill does not contain the widely supported Stupak
language, we have strong reason to believe that it will
smuggle in abortion with the same phony language that was
previously claimed to ban funding of abortion but instead
authorized abortion funding throughout pregnancy for any
reason and subsidized abortion providing health care
plans. If the Reid bill does not contain the Stupak
language, it will lead to large scale abortion and
overturn longstanding and widely supported policy of not
using government funding for abortion.
Stupak-Pitts closely replicates the Hyde Amendment which has
prohibited Medicaid funding of abortion for over 30
years. The amendment is necessary because Hyde would not
apply to the proposed health care bills. Purchase of
abortion insurance with personal funds will not be
Reidís claim that the Senate bill will not fund abortion is
unbelievable without the Stupak language due Reidís
previous comments and outright distortions, obfuscation
and lies about previous bills.
Reid told the Weekly Standard that he "could" support
a health care bill covering abortion.
Reid knowingly told constituents in a town hall meeting that
the House bill excluded abortion when it didnít.
Reid knowingly told constituents that the Hyde amendment,
which he knows only applies to Medicaid, would stop
abortion funding in health care when he had to know it
didnít after three decades of votes (See same recording in
In the same town hall meeting and other places, Reid said
that pro-life claims that the three house bills and the
Senate bill funded abortion (without Stupak) were a myth
(see about 4:30). The Stupak debate and recent
admissions by abortion advocates show those claims were no
myth. It showed Reid was shilling for Planned Parenthood
and the abortion industry.
Reid is writing the bill and he can make sure this bill does
not fund or subsidize abortion by including the
Stupak-Pitts Amendment. He is the Majority Leader and no
one has the power to stop him from doing it. Reid knows
that it is much harder to take something out of the bill
and that it is much easier to defend provisions already in
the bill. It will be up to Reid to decide who has the
advantage when it comes to this important provision.
Reidís claims to be pro-life are meaningless and a
smokescreen because of his votes to fund abortion
overseas, votes opposing conscience protections, his votes
against anti-coercion and sterilization amendments and his
disinformation about the health care bills. Itís no
wonder he bragged to the Weekly Standard that Planned
Parenthood made him a Nevada legislator of the year.
Does Harry Reid support the Stupak language? If the answer
is no, we expect his bill to include the same phony,
previously offered ďcompromiseĒ language which authorized
direct funding and subsidization of abortion throughout
pregnancy for any reason.