Received this email from StopTheAbortionMandate.com this morning. Very helpful explanation of reconciliation.
Abortion industry lobbyists are rejoicing following yesterday’s announcement that their allies in the White House and Congress plan to use the controversial reconciliation process as a last-ditch effort to ram through a health care reform bill that would mandate abortion coverage and government funding of abortion.
The reconciliation process is being used to circumvent the need to get a two-thirds majority in the Senate to pass the bill — following the upset Senate election in Massachusetts which broke the 60-vote stronghold.
Under this process, the House would be asked to pass the abortion-laden Senate health care bill (that does NOT include the widely supported Stupak language that bars government funding of abortion.)
Then, both the House and Senate would vote for a companion reconciliation measure that would make changes in the first bill to gain the support of more Representatives and the White House.
Only 51 votes would be needed to pass the additional reconciliation measure in the Senate.
President Obama said yesterday, “this is where we’ve ended up,” and added that he looks forward “to signing this reform into law.” He indicated his desire to sign the abortion-laden health care bill by Easter — just a few weeks from now!
Amy, this is the BIG ONE. Everything we’ve been working for comes down to this moment.
The current health care reform proposal …
–> Includes government funding of abortion
–> Imposes a brand-new “abortion fee” on taxpayers
–> Directs $11 BILLION in new funding to groups like
Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest abortion
chain that took in over $349,000,000 in tax funding
last year while aborting 305,310 babies
–> Would result in the largest expansion of abortion
since Roe v. Wade
The House of Representatives will vote on the bill first. If it passes there, it would then be signed by President Obama. Finally, it would go to reconciliation for changes to be made — and where only 51 votes would be needed to pass it in the Senate.
Therefore, the fight right now lies in the House — where you can make the GREATEST impact today.
If ever there was a time for every pro-life American to let their voice be heard, that time is NOW.
Here’s what you — and everyone you know — needs to do
1.) Call and e-mail your Representative to clearly say:
“NO Abortion in Health Care!” Get their contact
info online at:
2.) Write a letter to the editor. Your Representative
and staff read the newspaper daily and a letter to
the editor is a great way to ensure that your
message is heard. Get sample letters online at:
3.) Use every social networking tool to get the message
out — post status updates on Twitter, Facebook,
and MySpace, asking friends and family to also send
a clear message to Congress. Be sure to link to:
4.) Pray, pray, PRAY! Let’s never forget the power of
prayer. Pray that our leaders block government
funding of abortion — and that our movement is
successful in protecting the unborn.
This is the final lap, so let’s press forward to the finish line!
Abortion is NOT health care under any circumstance — and we should NEVER be forced to fund it.
Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition