ACLJ: Healthcare Vote Fails to Protect Life

Monday, 22 Mar 2010 09:28 AM

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The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, said today House passage of the pro-abortion health care package is “extremely disappointing” and President Obama’s Executive Order fails “to provide permanent protections for the life of the unborn.” The ACLJ says it is preparing legal challenges to the flawed health care package.

“This health care package fails the American people and does not provide permanent protections for the life of the unborn,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “It's extremely disappointing that the House approved a bill that depends on a promise from President Obama.

"Those self-proclaimed pro-life Democrats put their trust in an Executive Order - subject to being rescinded by the president - a move that is not only short-sighted but does not provide the guarantees and pro-life protections secured by statutory language in a law approved by Congress. The fact remains the actual health care bill that's been approved does fund abortion.”

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“The question is: Which President Obama do you believe - a President who repeatedly and publicly opposed the pro-life language in the earlier House-passed bill - or, a President who now promises an Executive Order to secure the votes he needed to pass a very dangerous health care package?”

“The Executive Order is problematic on a number of fronts. It is not a legislative fix and does not carry the force of Congressionally-approved legislation. It does not supersede law. It can be rescinded. And, what should concern everyone: this Executive Order places HHS Secretary Sebelius at the helm of the funding process - a cabinet member who has a long and documented history of supporting abortion.”

“The American people won't be fooled. They understand what happened - another Washington power play that ignores what most Americans want.”

“This flawed health care package may have passed - but it is far from being implemented. We're preparing legal action to challenge this measure and we intend to file a lawsuit in federal court soon challenging a law that is not only wrong for America - but a law with a forced mandate that penalizes Americans who choose not to participate. That is unconstitutional and we believe ultimately will be overturned by the courts.”

The ACLJ has heard from nearly 500,000 Americans over the past months who opposed the government-run, pro-abortion health care package.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C.

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