Many in this community have worked and prayed, long and hard, for an end to abortion. Now, we have new, prime opportunities to ACT as well as PRAY at a momentous juncture in the ongoing campaign to build a Culture of Life. Now is the time. The Susan B. Anthony List sent an update after the Senate, yesterday, passed the “Motion to Proceed” to begin reconciliation efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. From the update:
Now our pro-life majority in the Senate finally has the opportunity to advance an Obamacare repeal bill that achieves two urgent priorities for thePro-Life Movement: defund Planned Parenthood and stopping our dollars from going to health insurance plans that cover abortion.
This is all happening very quickly – so I wanted to let you know what to expect next. With the approval of the Motion to Proceed, there will now be 20 legislative hours of debate on various amendments. Once these 20 hours are up, we will then enter “vote-a-rama” in which an unlimited number of amendments could be offered, each limited to just two minutes of debate. This process will play itself out over the next few days and nights.
Your SBA List team will be working through the night – tonight and tomorrow night – to analyze the amendments one-by-one to ensure that none of them weaken the bill’s protections for unborn babies and then providing quick feedback to advise our allies in the Senate on how to vote.
These protections will be subject to very close votes and decisions by the Parliamentarian which means we don’t yet know the final form the legiuslation will take. But we will continue fighting to ensure it contains the provisions necessary to defund Planned Parenthood of our tax dollars… and save lives from abortion.
By going here, each of us can take a next right step to extend support for developing life-saving legislation. Surely contacting one’s senators, stressing the desire that s/he support the defunding of Planned Parenthood is another valuable step. Already this morning, there are reports, such as this, naming the immediate activity which bespeaks that this will be a battle to behold.
The Senate has blocked a wide-ranging proposal by Republicans to repeal much of former President Barack Obama’s health care law and replace it with a more restrictive plan.
Senators voted 57-43 late Tuesday to reject the plan in the first vote on an amendment to the bill. Those voting “no” included nine defecting Republicans.
Additional signs of the fierceness of the fight can be read here, at the Life News site.
Also complicating efforts is the news that the Senate parliamentarian may have killed the Senate bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and repeal Obamacare.
Senate Republicans have been using the reconciliation Bill to get around a filibuster by pro-abortion Democrats who oppose defunding the nation’s biggest abortion company and repealing prohibition Obamacare that has included taxpayer-financed abortions.
The parliamentarian issued guidance saying that key portions of the defunding measure require 60 votes to pass. That’s a departure from the ruling the parliamentarian issued in 2015 concerning the same bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. The ruling then paved the way for a 50-vote passage and sending the bill to pro-abortion President Barack Obama, who vetoed it.
Getting 50 votes for the bill to defund Planned Parenthood has been a difficult enough prospect because three pro-abortion Republican women oppose defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Requiring 60 votes for ultimate passage of the legislation would essentially kill it.
But there could be a solution.
Giving full assent to God’s Plan and Providence, His Power over all His creation and His Wisdom which has allowed evil to exist, we can simply note: We who oppose a culture of death and have worked and prayed for a Culture of Life, have been, and in a way now potent with the possibility of thrusting a mortal blow, extinguishing Planned Parenthood, are squarely confronting Our Mother’s adversary in these critical hours of work in the Senate. Let us rise in solidarity with all in our land who profess the primacy of the right to life as THE foundational issue in promoting and protecting every right of every individual.
It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace. (Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 101)
All pro-life organizations are running full steam ahead to stay on top of the developments and, then, alert people to take next right steps. Let us fully respond. Now is the time.