Operation Rescue: Pro-death

I’ve seen a lot of things on antiabortion websites and blogs that make me mad. But when I clicked a link today that sent me to a blog post on Operation Rescue’s site, I could hardly believe what I read:

Dear Friends of Life,

A critical vote on health care in the Budget Committee is expected Monday, one that would clear the way for a final vote later this week on legislation that would insure the largest expansion of abortion funding in the history of this nation.

Make no mistake. This entire health care bill is all about abortion funding, or it would have passed months ago.

Abortion is THE issue on which President Obama and his fellow radical pro-aborts in Congress will not compromise.

But people like you and me have clearly spoken. Over 71% of us are OPPOSED to tax-funded abortion, so much so that we would rather defeat any health care reform than allow even one cent of our tax money to be used to fund the injustice of abortion.

But that has not mattered to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Henry Waxman, and others who are bent on ramming through abortion funding no matter the will of the people or the political consequences.

They are trying every trick in the book – and then some – to circumvent the vast opposition to the government take-over of health care.

Last week, Rep. Louise Slaughter proposed changing the rules so that the abortion faction in Congress could pass this oppressive law without having to vote on it! That’s because they don’t have the votes, and they know it.

To “deem” a law voted on when there was no vote, as Slaughter proposed, is a step toward utter totalitarianism and should be a wake-up call to the American people that this administration will stop at nothing to make sure that as many babies as possible die from abortion – at taxpayer expense!

Don’t forget who Obama hand-picked to run the Department of Health and Human Services. It is none other than former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who was heavily supported by Planned Parenthood and the largest late-term abortionist in the country at that time, George Tiller.

Operation Rescue worked hard to “out” Sebelius and her radical abortion agenda. We know all too well how she repeatedly vetoed every piece of legislation that would have held an out-of-control abortion industry accountable. This is the same woman who danced the conga line at a celebration of her birthday thrown by Planned Parenthood in her honor. (That PP organization was later charged with 107 criminal counts related to illegal late-term abortions. Those charges are still pending.) Sebelius also entertained Tiller and this entire abortion clinic staff at the Kansas governor’s mansion at tax-payer expense*. And this is the same woman whomisrepresented to the Senate during her confirmation hearings the amount of money Tiller dumped into her political campaigns.

There can be no doubt that Sebelius is bought and paid for by the abortion cartel, yet she will be the one in charge of doling out the cash to the abortion clinics under Obama’s plan.

We can defeat this health care disaster, but only if everyone acts!

This is the last few yards of the race to protect the lives of thousands of pre-born children that Obama’s so-called health care plan endangers. Please call your Congressman and Senators today!

Contact CongressmenContact Senators.

For the innocent,
Troy Newman
President, Operation Rescue

P.S. Our efforts to expose and oppose tax-payer funding of abortion have taken a toll on our budget. Please consider making a sacrificial donation to Operation Rescue today. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

“Dear Friends of Life, Here are some more outright lies to convince you that even though you may well be among the more than 30 million Americans who are uninsured and don’t have access to basic healthcare that you need, you should do everything you can to keep this bill that would give everyone health care. Oh, and by the way, we have spent so much money lobbying to keep tens of millions of Americans from getting basic and life-saving health care, we need you to make a ‘sacrificial’ donation to us so we can keep fighting for the early and unnecessary deaths of countless uninsured Americans.”

I’ve seen plenty of distortion from people on the antiabortion side about this reform. And I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not the best reform bill in the world — far from it — but it’s a start, and it gives us some basics that can be added to and improved. Most importantly, it would force insurance companies to accept people regardless of their health or preexisting conditions, and provide financial help for people who can’t pay the premiums.

This piece from Operation Rescue, though, takes the cake over anything I’ve seen before. Despite a federal law — since 1976 — prohibiting federal funds from being used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and when necessary to save the life of the mother, they are asserting to their supporters that not only does this bill use federal tax money to pay for abortions, it is the “Largest Expansion of Abortion Funding in US History”.

A key indicator that they know exactly what they are doing is that they don’t even try to back up their claims. Rather than explain how the bill expands abortion funding, they use some of the same tired stories to badmouth Pelosi, Reed, and others who are working to push the bill through. It’s a smart strategy, since there’s no way to prove it because NONE OF THEIR CLAIMS ARE ACTUALLY TRUE.

I don’t know much more than the average person about what’s in the bill, but I have read the section of the bill that talks about abortion funding, which says that abortions that can be federally funded can be funded, and abortions that can’t be federally funded can’t be. There’s also the part of the bill that requires people to write separate checks for plans that include abortion funding, to ensure that any federal funds received by the insurance company don’t go to the part of the plan that pays for abortions.

I suspect that what Operation Rescue calls funding for abortion is actually the part of the bill that provides for the funding of community health centers. That, in and of itself, isn’t really much of a change. Planned Parenthood, for example, receives both state and federal grants to operate its health centers, but that money can’t be used to provide abortion services. (That’s fairly simple because only 2.7% of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortion-related — see a couple posts back where I review their financial records and service numbers in detail.) A March 4 post to a US News and World Report blog puts community health center funding at 11 billion, and yes, some of those health centers provide abortions. Depending who you ask, that money might — or might not — be subject to either the Hyde Amendment or language in the health care bill preventing use of those funds for abortion. (I’m no expert, but looking over the many other statements on the issue, which you can find on Google, it appears that the funding can’t be used for abortion. And I’m pretty sure that Operation Rescue knows it.)

The greatest irony here, to me, is that Operation Rescue describes themselves as “one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation” — yet they are actively campaigning against a bill that would bring urgently needed healthcare to over 30 million Americans who are currently dying every day because they don’t have health insurance. Without insurance, there is no early detection of cancer; no preventative care; no primary care physician; no physicals. You hold out as long as you possibly can before going to the doctor because you know there’s gonna be a bill for every person who sees you, talks to you, or writes in your chart, and for every bandaid and aspirin. By the time people without insurance see a doctor or end up in the ER, they are sicker and cost more to treat. They often pay more than twice as much as an insurance company pays for the same care, and when it comes to prescription drugs, the costs can be even higher. When a doctor prescribes medication that you need to take every day — maybe it’s a blood pressure drug, or something to prevent seizures — you have to calculate every money whether you can afford it, or if you can stand to go a few days, or a week, or the whole month without it so you can buy groceries instead.

This is the status quo that “pro-life” Operation Rescue wants to maintain. This is the kind of life that Operation Rescue stands for. Don’t forget:  the single moms that Operation Rescue wants to see created instead of allowing those women to have abortions make up a significant percentage of the uninsured, as do their children. It’s just one more piece of incontrovertible proof of what I’ve known for a long time:

“Pro-life” ends at birth. After that, you’re on your own.

(“And by the way, please send us money so we can keep lobbying against health care for all Americans.”)

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