Washington D.C., Feb 20, 2011 / 15:10 pm
Key pro-life measures advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. One committee approved a bill that would ensure health care legislation does not provide funding for abortions, while the House passed a bill that would pull Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.
The Pro-Life Activities secretariat of the U.S. bishops’ conference welcomed the Feb. 15 approval of the Protect Life Act in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“The committee’s action is an important step toward authentic health care reform that respects the dignity of all, from conception onward,” commented Deirdre McQuade, pro-life spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops’ conference.
She urged all representatives to support the proposal and to oppose all amendments which weaken it. The proposal, which must face a vote before the full House, also bars subsidies for health care plans that cover abortion.