When Rahm Emanuel recruited pro-life Democrats to run for Congress in conservative districts, he should have known where it would lead. But at that time Rahm had one goal in mind: get power by gaining a majority in Congress.
But now these majority-making conservative Democrats may be the ones who keep Rahm’s boss from reaching his goal of passing a health care bill that funds abortion.
It didn’t take a great political mind to know that to win in conservative districts Democrats and Republicans need to run conservative candidates. Nor does it take a genius to see that the country is trending pro-life. But what the Democratic leadership refuses to accept is that they can’t run the country as hard-left pro-abortionists when they won their majority with conservative pro-life candidates.
About 54 members of the House of Representatives are Blue Dog Democrats. Enough of them are adamantly pro-life to have forced Nancy Pelosi’s hand during the debate on the “Affordable Health Care Act” to allow an amendment that would ban funding of abortion. The Stupak-Pitts amendment passed handily, 240-194, with all Republicans voting for it. They were joined by 64 Democrats. That represents a larger number than the Blue Dog Dems. Clearly, these Democrats realize that their constituents don’t want to be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion.
But the Senate version of the bill, which the House must vote on before it can go to the President, does not ban abortion funding. On the contrary, it requires participants to pay a fee every month into a fund that covers abortion. It also dedicates $11 billion for "Community Health Centers," many of which will likely be run by Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country.
White House visitor logs show that Planned Parenthood’s president met at least four times with President Obama or senior staff. This does not include the times they met outside the White House. The abortion group was also a major player in the White House health care summit that launched the initiative. (No pro-life groups were invited.) It’s no surprise that the legislation includes various schemes that will line the pockets of abortionists.
Yet the tallies on the total price of the bill fail to take into account the higher health care costs associated with abortion. Complications can range from infections and hemorrhaging that can land women in the emergency room, to psychological damage that lasts long after the abortion. Women who have abortions have an increased risk of breast cancer and pre-term births of later pregnancies. Abortion may be cheaper than childbirth, but its consequent costs can take a huge toll.
The White House, Senate and House leadership are feverishly working to concoct a complicated scheme to pass this government take-over of health care. Pro-life Democrats, led by Bart Stupak, have stated they are just as committed to ensure the legislation will not fund abortion.
Both kinds of polls — public opinion and the ballot box — show that the pro-life position is a winner. A series of polls in eight pro-life Democrat districts by Susan B. Anthony List found that two-thirds of voters opposed "using tax dollars to pay for abortions" with a majority "strongly opposed." In three of the districts, opposition reached 80 percent. Voters were more likely to reject a candidate who "votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion."
Pres. Obama and Nancy Pelosi must know this. That’s why they keep saying — even though it’s not true — that the pending health care legislation does not fund abortion. They must realize that abortion is the lynchpin. Pull out the abortion funding ban and the whole thing falls apart.
Now comes the true test of the pro-life Democrats’ convictions and character. No doubt they are being pressured, courted and bribed. Whatever they may desire — an ambassadorship, a sweetheart deal for their district, a job for a relative — will be dangled before them. Will they do what is right, or sell their vote? Will they betray their constituents by not vigorously fighting against the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade?
This goes beyond how they will vote on the complicated maneuvers to get this bill passed. They need to realize that their presence in Congress gave Democrats a majority, which — up to this point — their leadership has used to ram through a massive government entitlement for abortionists. Is this what they signed on for when they ran for Congress?
George Stephanopoulos asked Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) if he is "prepared to take responsibility for bringing down this whole bill?" Stupak responded, "Yes, we’re prepared to take responsibility. Let’s face it, I want to see health care. But we’re not going to bypass some principles and beliefs that we feel strongly about." Stupak reportedly has 15 to 20 Democrats who will stand with him.
Their combined numbers (thanks to Rahm) give them greater strength to do what is right. Together, they can uphold the universal principle that innocent human life should not be exterminated at the desire of a more powerful person.