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November 5, 2009
The House of Representatives is expected to schedule a vote on H.R. 3962, the Pelosi health care reform bill, on Friday (tomorrow) or Saturday. Because of the political victories won on Tuesday by conservative Republicans in both Virginia and New Jersey, and because of the effectiveness of grassroots, pro-life and pro-family activism in NY-23 where the ultra-liberal Republican candidate was forced to withdraw from the race, Democrats in Congress are likely to be more sensitive than usual to constituent pressure to reject H.R. 3962 unless it is specifically amended to include the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.

The Stupak-Pitts amendment, which at this point the Democrat leadership will not allow to be ruled in order, would explicitly prohibit federal funding for abortion and government subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion.

Your Member of Congress should vote NO on the rule that excludes a vote on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.

Below is a statement from the National Right to Life Committee regarding this crucial development. Please read it in its entirety and then act accordingly. As always, we thank you for your help and dedication to the cause of life.

National Right to Life Statement: latest pro-abortion ploy by U.S. House Democratic Leadership

WASHINGTON (November 4, 2009, 7 PM EST) — The House Democratic leadership announced that it will propose a "Rule" on the health care bill, H.R. 3962, that will insert language proposed by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), and exclude a House vote on an amendment proposed by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.).

The House is expected to vote on the "rule" late Friday or early Saturday. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, supports the Stupak Amendment and opposes the pro-abortion Ellsworth-Waxman-Pelosi language.

NRLC issued the following statement, which may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.

"Any House member who votes for the Pelosi rule is voting to establish a federal government insurance plan, the public option, that the bill explicitly authorizes to pay for all elective abortions. When a federal agency pays for abortions, that is federal funding of abortion in reality, whatever contrived labels Speaker Pelosi or her acolytes slap over it. The Ellsworth language is a political fig leaf made out of cellophane -- it directs the federal Secretary of Health to hire a contractor to deliver to abortion providers the payments for elective abortions, payments that are explicitly authorized by the bill [on page 110]. This is a money-laundering scheme — a federally funded 'bag man' will deliver government funds to abortionists. This is federal funding of elective abortion."

NRLC's objections to the abortion-related provisions of H.R. 3962 are explained in detail in a letter sent to House members on November 2, posted here (or in PDF format, here).

Additional documentation is posted at http://www.nrlc.org/ahc

Phone your U.S. House member AGAIN — urge a NO vote on the pro-abortion "Rule" on H.R. 3962 before Friday!


Pro-abortion Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Ca.) is planning to try to ram the massive health care bill (H.R. 3962, previously H.R. 3200) through the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The most critical roll call will occur on a procedural vote — called "the Rule" — that is expected to occur late on Friday, November 6, or Saturday, November 7.

National Right to Life is urging every pro-life citizen to immediately TELEPHONE the Washington, D.C. office AND the in-district office of his or her representative in the U.S. House of Representatives with a clear and firm message:

"I am a constituent, and I urge you to vote NO on the Rule on the health bill, H.R. 3962, because it does not allow the House to vote on the pro-life Stupak Amendment [pronounced STEW-pak]. The so-called pro-life language that Speaker Pelosi has put into the bill is completely phony. We are not fooled. A vote for this Rule is a vote to set up a new nationwide federal health insurance program, called the "public option," that will be authorized to pay for abortion on demand with federal funds. The only pro-life vote is NO on the Rule on H.R. 3962."

Even if you have already called and written your federal representatives about the health care bills, it is critical that you call again now. Pelosi's party currently controls the House by a margin of 256-177 — but if as few as 40 Democrats are persuaded to vote with Congressman Stupak in opposition to the "closed rule," it would be impossible for Pelosi to ram the abortion-funding H.R. 3962 through the House. Time is short.

To read NRLC's November 2 letter to U.S. House members, explaining in detail the pro-abortion problems with the bill, click here.


Call your representative now in order to register your opposition to Speaker Pelosi's strong-arm tactic, the "closed rule," that would allow passage of the pro-abortion H.R. 3962. NOTE: The best times to call the Washington, D.C., office of your representative is generally between 9 AM and 6 PM Eastern Time.

Encourage like-minded friends and family members to also make such calls.

Contact your Representative NOW!

If you do not know who your U.S. Representative is, click here: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/FindLeg/

The most important thing is that your representative's staff registers that you want the representative to vote NO on the pro-abortion "Rule" on H.R. 3962, and that you INSIST on adoption of the real pro-life amendment, the Stupak Amendment.

NOTE: If you wish to also fax a letter to your representative in opposition to the "rule" that would allow passage of the pro-abortion H.R. 3962, click here to reach the page that, once you enter your zip code, will lead you to detailed information about your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, including (in most cases) his or her fax number. Faxed letters are an excellent way to register your opinion. (But do NOT rely on U.S. mail to communicate with your federal representatives, because time is too short.) This link will also give you phone numbers for your representative's in-district offices.

For maximum effect, phone during local business hours, as well as to the Washington, D.C., office of your representative, between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM Eastern Time. The same page will offer you information on how your representative has voted on the key pro-life issues that have come up in the past.

For more information:

Communications Dept., (202) 432-3329 mobile, [email protected]

Federal Legislation Dept., (202) 626-8820, [email protected]

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