Capitol Hill Update: Pew Poll Shows Support for Abortion Has Declined From 54% to 47%

The bipartisan Prolife Caucus in the United States House of Representatives is circulating a letter authored by Congressman Doug Lamborn, Republican from Colorado, to be sent to all 435 members of the House of Representatives.   

Incidentally, a tremendous champion for the unborn, Democrat Congressman Bart Stupak from Michigan, has been threatening the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives by saying that he has about 40 fellow Democrats who will refuse to vote for the health care reform bill unless they are given an opportunity to vote on an iron-clad provision which prevents American hard-earned tax dollars from going to pay for abortions. 

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) circulated the attached Dear Colleague letter yesterday.  The Dear Colleague highlights a recent Pew poll indicating that support for abortion has declined from 54% to 47%, and support for reducing the number of abortions has increased six points since 2005.  Rep. Lamborn also points out that we "cannot seriously talk about reducing the number of abortions in this country and then, in turn, use government dollars to pay for abortions." 

This is particularly relevant in the context of the health care reform debate, because committee-passed health care legislation in both the House and Senate will result in government funded abortion. 

Also attached a new National Right to Life document summarizing the results of several recent polls that show strong public opposition to coverage for abortion in health care reform. The summarized polls address both funding for abortion through government programs and subsidies for plans that cover abortion - the two things that the Hyde amendment forbids.  

The House of Representatives bipartisan Pro-life Caucus also notes that the Capps amendment  --  sponsored by pro-abortion Congresswoman Lois Capps, Democrat from California, who has a 0% rating in the most recent Christian Coalition of America Congressional Scorecard  --  explicitly allows both of the actions prohibited by the Hyde amendment.  It authorizes funding for abortion through the public plan and funding for plans that cover abortion through affordability credits.

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