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Lawmakers to vote on amending the health care law, ending taxpayer abortion funding and protecting conscience rights.

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House Takes Up ObamaCare Abortion Funding

Lawmakers to vote on amending the health care law, ending taxpayer abortion funding and protecting conscience rights.

Federal funding of health care plans that also cover abortion, including ObamaCare, would be banned under legislation the House will vote on this week, prompting one top Obama administration official to describe the action as a “war” on women.
 
The Protect Life Act seeks to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, prevent federal funding for abortion through government exchanges and community health centers, and ensure health care workers are not forced to perform abortions.
 
House Speaker John Boehner announced the vote while speaking at the Values Voters Summit on Friday, saying Republicans will continue their press to make sure the provision is “the law of the land.”
 
But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rallied her abortion advocates at a NARAL fund-raiser in Chicago, and said that pro-life advocates want to “roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America.”
 
“We’ve come a long way in women’s health over the last few decades, but we are in a war,” Sebelius said.
 
The National Right to Life Committee says it will watch how members on both sides of the aisle vote when the legislation comes up on Thursday.
 
“The administration’s 2010 pretense that ObamaCare did not expand abortion grows more tattered with each passing month,” said Douglas Johnson, legislation director of National Right to Life.
 
The bill was authored by Rep. Joe Pitts (R.-Pa.), who says that “protecting life” should not be a “partisan issue.
 
“A majority of Americans have consistently shown they oppose federal funding for abortion,” Pitts said.  “The new health care law is riddled with loopholes that allow taxpayer subsidies for coverage that includes abortion.  My new bill would extend longstanding policy by preventing federal dollars from being used to pay for abortion coverage.”

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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