Your voice is critical to the victory some incredible legislation! The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on multiple abortion-related amendments to a bill, HR-1, that will fund all federal programs through Sept. 30, 2011. We have been told that the vote will most likely take place today or tomorrow.
Of immediate importance is an amendment being offered by pro-life Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN). The "Pence Amendment" (aka amendment #11) would deny all federal funding for Planned Parenthood through Sept. 30, 2011. As you know, Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider, reporting 324,008 abortions in 2008! Approximately 1/3 of all Planned Parenthood's income is derived from abortion income.
Currently, 1/3 of a billion dollars is allocated to Planned Parenthood by our Federal government...that's tax dollars from ALL taxpayers-whether pro-life or pro-choice. As you know, 70% of Americans are OPPOSED to using tax dollars to fund abortions.
Also of critical importance is the Fleming Amendment (aka amendment #54) offered by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) for healthcare right of conscience protection. It would prevent any funds made available under the continuing resolution from being used to rescind or otherwise alter the conscience protection regulation currently in effect. This regulation implements existing conscience laws and provides an opportunity for individuals who have been discriminated against to file a complaint with the HHS Office of Civil Rights. If the regulation is rescinded it will be more difficult for individuals to seek protection under existing conscience laws.
Please contact your U.S. House member and urge him or her to support the Pence Amendment (which is amendment 11) and Fleming Amendment (which is amendment 54) to H.R. 1. You can find your representative here. Be encouraged even if your House member does not generally act to protect life--which is the case for Hawai'i--to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. YOUR VOICE IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Together, we can build a culture of life for Hawaii and beyond.