NRLC praises GOP Pledge to America

September 23, 2010

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of right-to-life organizations, commended U.S. House Republican leaders for including critical pro-life priorities in the “Pledge to America” action plan that is being released today.

The “Pledge to America” outlines a plan of action that the Republican leaders say they will pursue if Republicans win majority control of the House in the November 2 general election. The action plan includes a pledge to repeal and replace the recently enacted Obama health care law. It also includes pledges to “establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion,” and to “enact into law conscience protections for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals.”

“We welcome the Republican leadership’s commitment to repeal and replace the Obama health care law, which is a top priority for the pro-life movement because that law, when fully implemented, would result in the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments, and an array of federal subsidies for abortion as well,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. “In addition, a permanent government-wide prohibition on federal funding of abortion is long overdue, and we applaud the inclusion of that legislation in this action plan.”

The legislation referred to is the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 5939), an NRLC-backed bill introduced by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) on July 29, which already has 175 co-sponsors.

“National Right to Life commends House Republican Leader John Boehner, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.), Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Il.), and the others who are responsible for producing an action plan that includes these critical pro-life components,” Johnson concluded.

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