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Is Something Fishy at HHS? SCHIP Regulation Still Awaiting Publication 
Two weeks ago, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced a new regulation extending federal health care coverage to the unborn children of eligible mothers. Currently, only children who are already born are covered under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The announcement created a firestorm of opposition among the abortion crowd. After all, how dare our government declare an unborn baby a "child" for purposes of health care! To them, we’re talking about "fetuses" who have no right to health care or for that matter, to be born.

It is our understanding that government regulations are typically announced and published in the Federal Register, whereupon public comment is sought for a period of 30 to 60 days. Thereafter, the regulation is either adopted or rejected. This regulation appears to be unusual, in that the announcement was made on January 31, 2002, but the regulation has yet to appear in the Federal Register and public comment has not been sought.

In addition, concern among observant pro-lifers is rising because of comments by HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson when he appeared before the House Ways & Means Committee on February 6 to offer a preview of the Administrations plans on welfare reform. According to the February12 edition of Life Advocacy Briefing ([email protected]), Rep. Fortney Stark (D-CA) used the occasion to tut-tut- the Secretary on having dared to call fetuses "unborn children" for purposes of coving their prenatal care under SCHIP.

"Displaying the bureaucrat’s tendency to try to please powerful lawmakers, Secretary Thompson assured the California radical he had no intention of getting into the ‘pro-life/pro-choice’ controversy with his proposed rule. He went on to note that the rule was merely in the publication/public comment phase, that it was not yet final, and he said he would seek a compromise to ‘mitigate the harshness of the rhetoric.’"

Calling babies in the womb "unborn children" is "harsh rhetoric"? The implications of that remark are stunning. Why isn’t the regulation yet published? Could it be that Secretary Thompson wants to have it rewritten or dropped entirely in order to please the abortion industry? What is going on?

Secretary Thompson can be contacted at 1-877-696-6775 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Phone calls are better.

Zimmer Takes Over Republican Leadership Council 
Pro-abortion zealot Lew Eisenberg, who was just made Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee after being nominated by President Bush and rubber-stamped by a committee vote, is the founder, along with pro-abortion former Governor of New Jersey and current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman, of the Republican Leadership Council. The RLC has raised large sums of money to promote pro-abortion candidates and to defeat those who are pro-life, and its supporters have worked hard in their efforts to strip the pro-life plank from the Republican National Platform. Human Events (2/4/02) reports that the RLC has chosen a new chairman. Liberal, pro-abortion former New Jersey Rep. Dick Zimmer, "unsuccessful 1996 GOP U.S. Senate nominee, past state head of Common Cause and one of a handful of GOP House members to consistently oppose a ban on partial-birth abortion," will continue the anti-life movement within the Republican Party as we move toward 2004.

Abortion Boat Scuppered 
The Hague, Netherlands: The Dutch ship which intended to offer abortions at sea for women in countries where human life is still valued and abortions are illegal, has lost its government license. Dutch Health Minister Els Borst has refused to issue a permit to the converted fishing trawler over safety fears. (U.K LifeLeague, 2/11/02)

Jill Stanek's Campaign Going Strong! 
THANK YOU to the hundreds of RNC/Life supporters who have so generously contributed to Jill's campaign for the Illinois General Assembly. Jill's courage in standing for the right to life of the babies being delivered alive and left to die at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL and her strong conviction that life begins at conception and must be protected under the law, gives us great hope that her election to the Illinois Legislature will hold great promise for the pro-life cause. If you have not sent in your contribution, do it today!

Checks should be made out to Citizens for Jill Stanek and mailed to RNC/Life - P.O. Box 618 - Alton, Illinois 62002.

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