Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Health Care or Care for Life?

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The Senate voted Tuesday to reject a bipartisan amendment restricting abortion services in the proposed healthcare legislation. The 54 to 45 defeat marked a reversal for pro-life supporters from the victory enjoyed in the House last month on a similar measure. . . .

. . . If the Senate passes a final bill, the healthcare abortion debate would move to the reconciliation process between the Senate and House versions of reform.

Lawmakers from both chambers would have to meet to meld the two versions together. This could get tricky with one bill containing abortion restrictions and the other allowing the public finding of abortion.

If lawmakers decide to keep language expanding abortion coverage, then as many as 40 pro-life House Democrats could remove their support. If lawmakers keep the House-approved abortion restrictions, then pro-abortions senators could balk.

Ironically a bill about health continues to have at its epicenter the debate over a procedure that ends a life.
“Line in the Sand” by Edward Lee Pitts, World Magazine, December 08, 2009

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