Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Shortly after the Senate Finance Committee voted against an amendment to remove the massive abortion subsidies from the Baucus health care bill, they rejected a second pro-life amendment. It would have offered protection for medical workers who don’t want to participate in or refer for abortions.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, offered the abortion funding limitation and Hatch also offered his conscience protection amendment, number 354, which mirrors the Hyde-Weldon appropriations language. Hyde-Weldon is a federal law that President George W. Bush signed into law in December 2004 that protects hospitals, health insurance companies and medical professionals who don’t want to pay for or perform abortions.
The Hatch nondiscrimination amendment failed by a vote of 13-10 with pro-abortion Sen. Olympia Snow, a Maine Republican, siding with Democrats on the panel to oppose the measure. Sen. Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, joined Republicans in supporting the amendment.
Without the Hatch amendment, the Baucus bill contains no conscience protections on abortions for employees who don’t want to be involved in them or refer for them.
During his health care speech last month, President Barack Obama told the nation he wants to ensure conscience protections for pro-life medical workers are in place in the health care bills in Congress. But Obama’s comments are contradictory in one way — his administration has already started the process of overturning new regulations President Bush put in place to better enforce conscience rights.
So, all assurances aside, neither the Obamacare bill nor the Baucus compromise bill will have any protections for Health Care workers who have a moral objection to abortions. We will be forced to perform them, whether we want to or not.
And those abortions will be funded by your tax dollars and mine, whether we want them to or not.
And Senator Olympia Snowe (RINO, Maine) once again has abandoned the conservative cause and followed her feminist leanings – no matter whose principles she violates, or how many innocent lives she terminates for the “cause.”
Honestly, I have no idea why the people of Maine keep lecting this incomptetent charlatan to the Senate. They certainly look like idiots for doing so.