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May 4, 2007
  

PRESIDENT BUSH THREATENS VETO OF ANTI-LIFE LEGISLATION  
Democrats in Congress are up to no good as they once again attempt to change federal policies regarding the funding of abortions and abortion-related services at home and overseas.

Pro-life Members of Congress last week sent a letter to the President asking him to veto any legislation that would weaken or nullify any pro-life provision and expressing their commitment to sustaining such a veto.

Yesterday, President Bush sent a warning letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in which he said, “As you know, current law prohibits Federal funding for abortion, both domestically and internationally, except in cases of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother is endangered. Recent legislative practice has ensured that taxpayer funds do not underwrite organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning. Current U.S. law protects human embryos. The standing pattern is that appropriate conscience protections must be in place for health care entities, and that taxpayer dollars may not be used in coercive or involuntary family planning programs.” President Bush said further, “I urge that these and other existing, important protections be respected and continued. I believe it is the most basic duty of Government to guard the innocent. With that in mind, I will veto any legislation that weakens current Federal policies and laws on abortion, or that encourages the destruction of human life at any stage.”

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chairman of the Bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus issued a statement in which he said, “President Bush has clearly articulated his commitment to protecting the culture of life. It is simply repulsive to consider the possibility of the average American becoming complicit in the funding of abortion and abortion related activities such as funding for entities like UNFPA (United Nations Fund for Population Activities) which is known to be involved in China’s one-child policy.”

[Editor’s note: Despite the protection the American taxpayer gleans from these policies, we are still forced to fund abortions that kill babies conceived through rape or incest. They are people too, but they are fair game and that’s a tragedy.]


TEXAS BILL REQUIRES SONOGRAM PRIOR TO ABORTION  
Mothers considering abortion would first be required to have a sonogram under a bill passed by the Texas Senate on May 2.

The bill would require that a sonogram be performed on the mother before the abortion and that the physician discuss the sonogram with her. She would be provided with the image but could refuse to view it.

Senators approved the bill by a vote of 21-8. Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston), a first term Senator and well-known radio talk show host who authored of the bill, said his goal was to protect the health of women obtaining an abortion, but he acknowledged his hope that some women might reconsider their decision after viewing an ultrasound image of their abdomen. “I think if a woman sees this, it might well change her mind,” Mr. Patrick told other Senators.

Opponents of the measure accused Senator Patrick of trying to harass women, but he insisted that a sonogram was a necessary procedure to protect women’s health. He was supported by Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), a family physician, who said, “There is nothing we do in medicine that is quite like an abortion. The difference is this is a medical procedure that will take a human life. From a purely medical point of view, then, I think a sonogram should be done before any abortion procedure.” Sponsors of the bill said it extends the informed consent requirements for an abortion in Texas that were passed by the Legislature in 2003—The Women’s Right To Know Act—which requires doctors to give women information about abortion prior to the procedure.

Never forget that you were once an embryo!


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