Obama Tells Democrats to Drop Planned Parenthood Stimulus Funds After Outrage

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After a national pro-life outcry following news that Congressional Democrats placed a bailout for the Planned Parenthood abortion business in the economic stimulus bill, President Barack Obama has urged party leaders to remove it. Obama is expected to tell Congressional Republicans today during a meeting.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs talked about how Obama is worried that keeping the provision in the bill could jeopardize its potential for passage.

“While [Obama] agrees that greater access to family planning is good policy, the president believes that the funding for it does not belong in the economic recovery and reinvestment plan,” he said.

Republican leaders, including House Minority Leader John Boehner complained bitterly about the plan sending as much as $200 million to Planned Parenthood.

Boehner said there is no reason for an economic package to contain funds for the nation’s largest abortion business by qualifying more people for family planning funds under Medicaid.

During a Friday House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing, Congressional Demcorats added a provision in the legislation that clears the way for expanded federal funding of contraceptives through Medicaid for those who aren’t even poor.

A Clinton-era program allows states to seek a waiver to offer Medicaid “family planning” services — including people who are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. If they seek the waiver, the federal government matches the state funding with $9 for every $1. The panel eliminated the waiver requirement.

Under the new provision, all 50 states will now offer Medicaid “family planning” services (including contraception) with the federal government offering the same $9 to $1 match. Although the money doesn’t fund abortions directly, it goes to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, which would otherwise have to spend its own money on contraception.

Boehner is scheduled to host the president at a lunch today, where Obama is reportedly planning to tell him that he has asked Rep. Henry Waxman, a top pro-abortion Democrat and committee chair, to remove the Planned Parenthood funding provision from the bill.

Obama is reportedly agreeing to strike the provision as a gesture of cooperation with Congressional Republics.

Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the provision and appeared to indicate she thought children were a burden to the economy.

“Well, the family-planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost,” she said on ABC.

That drew guffaws from groups throughout the pro-life movement.

Pro-life advocates say the governmental funds free up Planned Parenthood dollars to promote and perform abortions that it would otherwise have to spend on family planning.

House Republican Leader John Boehner told LifeNews.com he is dismayed about the inclusion of the provision.

“Regardless of where anyone stands on taxpayer-funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry, there is no doubt that this once little-known provision in the congressional Democrats’ spending plan has nothing to do with stimulating the economy and creating more American jobs,” he said.

“How you can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives – how does that stimulate the economy? You can go through a whole host of issues that have nothing to do with growing jobs in America and helping people keep their jobs,” he added.

Boehner said that as more people learn about “this revelation about the congressional Democrats’ plans to force taxpayers to subsidize contraception and the abortion industry, the American people” will be upset.

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New Pro-Life Movie to air soon

From an issue of Lifenews.com:

A new pro-life movie about a baby born alive after a failed abortion is set to premier in conjunction with the March for Life next week. The flim 22 Weeks tells the true story of a baby aborted alive in an Orlando abortion center in 2005.

A woman named Angele sued an Orlando abortion business in April 2005 for allowing a newborn child to die after she gave birth to the child.

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the 30-minute film in Washington, D.C. on January 21, the evening before the March for Life. The flick will be shown at the Union Station Phoenix Theatre and the showtimes are at 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The film is the first post-election endeavor of BornAliveTruth.org, a group established during the 2008 campaign to expose Barack Obama’s votes against an Illinois bill to protect babies who survive botched abortions.

After each screening the director of 22 Weeks and the mother portrayed in the film will be available for questions.

National 40 Days of Life campaign going international this year

In an issue of Lifenews.com:
The national 40 Days for Life campaign has mobilized thousands of pro-life advocates and reinvigorated hundreds of local pro-life groups. David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life, shared his enthusiasm on Monday with LifeNews.com. “As America approaches the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that imposed abortion on our nation, pro-life advocates are launching the next wave of a unique pro-life campaign,” he said.
From February 25 until April 5, people will join together for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.
The event includes 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood offices and 40 days of intensive pro-life community outreach.
Although the event has been a success in the United States, Bereit says the campaign is going international this year with the hopes that the highly-energized and well-organized pro-life movement in the U.S. can help its colleagues in other nations experience the same success.

Palin on Parental Consent

From a Lifenews.com article:
The Alaska state legislature will likely consider legislation this session allowing for parental consent before a minor teenager girl can have an abortion. States that have adopted similar measures have seen teen abortions drop by as much as 31 percent according to national studies. Rep. John Coghill and Sens. Fred Dyson and Gene Therriault have been behind previous bills and look to be lead sponsors again of a parental consent measure.

Gov. Sarah Palin, the former Republican candidate for Vice-President, says she soul strongly support such legislation and sign it into law. “Certainly, if we are a society that mandates parental consent before our daughters get their ears pierced, or even take a Tylenol tablet at school, I would think that there would be support both for parents to have to give consent and be informed anyway before such an invasive procedure of an abortion would be performed on our underage daughters also,” she said.

Some good news: a pro-life group, The Christian Defense Coalition won the right to have an anti-abortion display along the parade route at the presidential inauguration which will consist of 25 large signs showing the development of life from conception until birth, in the hopes that President elect Obama will embrace equality for all Americans starting with life in the womb. You can read more at  LifeNews.com.