Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No-Miss "Stand for Life" Concert this Saturday, November 14!

What better way to spend a Saturday evening than to enjoy great music on a beautiful night for a great cause?

Dozens of pro-life charities, churches, musical artists, and individuals are coming together to present a Christian concert under the stars at Kaka'ako Waterfront Park Amphitheater in Honolulu this Saturday, November 14 from 5:00-9:00pm.

The event, called Stand for Life Hawai'i, will serve as a benefit for local pro-life ministry and will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear about life issues from a Christian perspective. Hawaii Right to Life is one of the beneficiaries of the event.

The concert will feature nationally recognized musical guest The Kry, along with local talent Native Roots, Remember Him, Holyjam and the California-based Driven Cure.

Tickets are available in advance for a suggested donation of only $10 ($12 at the gate; keiki 12 and under free) To purchase, phone Hawaii Right to Life at 808.585.8205. Gifts of any amount to help underwrite the cost of the event are also welcome and are tax deductible.

For more information or a downloadable flyer, visit http://www.standforlifehawaii.org/. Updates are also available at twitter.com/Stand4LifeHI, or visit the event page on Facebook.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Obama Speaks, NRLC Responds on Stupak-Pitts Amendment

Monday, November 9, 2009

WASHINGTON (7 PM EST) -- ABC News reports the following comments by President Obama today regarding the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was added to the health care bill by the House of Representatives on November 7:

"I laid out a very simple principle, which is this is a health care bill, not an abortion bill," President Obama said. "And we're not looking to change what is the principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions." Saying the bill cannot change the status quo regarding the ban on federally funding abortions, the President said "there are strong feelings on both sides" about an amendment passed on Saturday and added to the legislation, "and what that tells me is that there needs to be some more work before we get to the point where we're not changing the status quo."

Regarding the president's remarks, the following comment may be attributed to Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC): "The only thing that will prevent the health care bill from being 'an abortion bill' is precisely the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, as the House of Representatives recognized by a 46-vote margin. The phoniness of Obama's claim that he has been trying to preserve the 'status quo' on abortion policy should be evident to any observer by now. In reality, the White House and top Democratic congressional leaders have been working hard to create a national federal government health plan that would fund abortion on demand, just as Obama promised Planned Parenthood."

In an e-mail alert distributed on Sunday, November 8, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund said, "President Obama campaigned on a promise to put reproductive health care at the center of his reform plan." The alert urged Planned Parenthood supporters to send Obama emails saying, "Now it's time for you to make good on that commitment."

To see a short video clip of Obama making that promise, before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on July 17, 2007, click here. On that occasion, Obama said:

"Well, look, in my mind reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care. And so it is at the center and at the heart of the plan that I propose. . . . Essentially, what we're doing is to say that we're going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don't have health insurance. It'll be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services."

To view a September 11, 2009 examination by PolitiFact.com on the meaning of Obama's 2007 statement, click here. Today, PolitiFact.com reviewed a November 7 claim by U.S. House pro-abortion leader Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money," and concluded that Lowey's claim is "FALSE." Read it here.

An archive of NRLC letters to Congress and other documents regarding the abortion-related components of the health care legislation are posted here.

The National Right to Life Committee, the nation's largest pro-life group, is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide. www.nrlc.org

Sunday, November 08, 2009

National Right to Life Says House Abortion Vote "Disrupts the Obama Administration's Pro-Abortion Smuggling Operation," But Further Battles Ahead

WASHINGTON (November 7, 2009) -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in the 50 states, issued the following statement regarding today's actions in the House of Representatives on the health care restructuring legislation, H.R. 3962.

The House adopted the NRLC-backed Stupak-Pitts Amendment, 240-194. The Stupak-Pitts Amendment removed two major pro-abortion components from H.R. 3962. Specifically: (1) the amendment would permanently prohibit the new federal government insurance program, the "public option," from paying for abortion, except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest; and (2) the amendment would permanently prohibit the use of the new federal premium subsidies ("affordability credits") to purchase private insurance plans that cover abortion (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest). The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.). It was supported by 176 Republicans and 64 Democrats. It was opposed by 194 Democrats. One Republican withheld his support by voting "present."

NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said: "The Obama White House and top congressional Democratic leaders spent months concealing and misrepresenting provisions that would directly fund abortions through a government plan, and subsidize premiums for private abortion plans. Today's bipartisan House vote is a sharp blow to the White House's pro-abortion smuggling operation. But we know that the White House and pro-abortion congressional Democratic leaders will keep trying to enact government funding of abortion, and will keep trying to conceal their true intentions, so there is a long battle ahead."

The Associated Press reported, "Abortion rights advocates called the measure the biggest setback to women's reproductive rights in decades."

In addition to working hard to remove abortion subsidies from the bill, NRLC has sought to educate lawmakers and the public about components of H.R. 3962 that could result in rationing or discriminatory denial of lifesaving medical care. A letter sent by NRLC to the House late today, summarizing objectionable elements of the amended bill, is posted here. The letter states: "We will continue to work to correct provisions that we find objectionable in this area, both in the health care legislation that will come before the Senate, and in any conference committee on health care legislation. We reserve the right to score the roll call vote on the conference report, or on any Senate-passed bill, if these concerns are not adequately resolved."

An archive of NRLC letters to Congress and other documents regarding the abortion-related components of the legislation are posted here.

Related link:
National Right to Life Committee www.nrlc.org