Federal Lawmakers Pass Pro-Life Amendment — Could Delay Obamacare

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Rep. Marsha Blackburn

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives voted this weekend to repeal a tax on medical devices in Obamacare and to delay implementation of the law for one year. The Blackburn Amendment sends a strong message to the Senate: No funding for abortion in health care.

“The House has shown we are listening to the American people who never wanted this law in the first place,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn. “House Republicans have acted in a responsible manner to provide the American people with what they want — a continuing resolution that prevents a government shutdown, controls spending, and protects families and businesses from the harmful effects of Obamacare.”

In addition to containing funding for abortions, Obamacare also punishes Christian businesses by forcing them to provide possible abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health care plans.

The pro-life amendment would also protect people from the Health and Human Services mandate. The Obama administration required for-profit businesses to comply with the mandate by August 2012. Nonprofits — many of which are faith-based — have a so-called safe-harbor until Jan. 1.

“A recent analysis of Obamacare suggests that — through federal tax credits and expanding Medicaid — almost one in 10 abortions committed in the United States would be funded by taxpayer dollars if Obamacare is implemented,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of Public Policy for Focus on the Family. “And the pro-life community is really up in arms about this.”

Constituents are in favor of delaying the health care law.

“It’s too expensive to afford, families can’t keep the insurance plan they like, and it’s killing jobs,” the Tennessee lawmaker explained. “It’s become painfully clear that Obamacare is not ready for primetime and in fairness to hardworking Americans the entire law must be delayed. Now it’s time for the Senate to act.”