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Casey's 'Compromise' Amdt. 'Completely Fails' to Stop Abortion Funding, Says National Right to Life

3:49 PM, Dec 18, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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From the National Right to Life Committee:

Dear Senator Casey:
We have reviewed certain legislative language that you have proposed to add to Senator Reid's pending health care bill, the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," by having it incorporated into a "manager's amendment" that Senator Reid is now preparing. We thank you for your willingness to afford us the opportunity to comment on elements of your proposal, since the manager's amendment is being crafted behind closed doors, and Senator Reid intends to demand that the Senate adopt the entire voluminous manager's amendment without any opportunity for further amendment, and little opportunity even for debate. Regrettably, however, your proposal completely fails to correct any of the major pro-abortion provisions in the underlying Reid bill. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation strongly oppose the language you have proposed regarding federal subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion on demand. We believe that your proposed language in no way improves the highly objectionable provisions of the Reid bill that authorize subsidies for health plans that cover elective abortion, and that authorize federal mandates for private health plans to cover elective abortion, as discussed below.

In a nutshell, Casey's amendment would supposedly segregate private funds from tax dollars--a proposal that Bart Stupak and pro-life Democrats in the House found to be nothing more than a bookkeeping scheme to allow federal funding for abortions. Casey's office has not yet released the text of his amendment, but it would apparently also provide money for pregnant and parenting students.

Read the full NRLC letter here.

The Susan B. Anthony List put out an ad earlier this week pushing Casey to live up to his father's pro-life record: