Leaders’ goal: make health care pro-life

“Pro-life organizations are working together to ensure that the anti-life policies included in the Act and reiterated by the Executive Order are removed and that the Hyde amendment principles are restored,” the April 19 letter said. “We will not cease in our pursuit to respectfully and deliberately advance the right to life and protect the vulnerable unborn.”

Rep. Joseph Pitts, R.-Pa., introduced the Protect Life Act, H.R. 5111, April 22. When introduced, the bill had 50 co-sponsors, including seven Democrats.

The measure would prohibit federal funds for abortion or abortion coverage under the health-care law, protect private insurance companies from being required to cover abortion and establish conscience protections for health-care workers.

“The new health care law is riddled with loopholes that allow taxpayer subsidies for coverage that includes abortion,” Pitts said in a written statement.

He is grateful to have bipartisan support for his measure, Pitts said.

“I never want protecting life to be a partisan issue,” he said.

The Democrats co-sponsoring Pitts’ bill are Reps. Travis Childers of Mississippi, Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, Tim Holden of Pennsylvania, Dan Lipinski of Illinois, Jim Marshall of Georgia, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Gene Taylor of Mississippi.

Baptist Press