Pro-lifers Work to Prevent Tax-funded Abortions

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WASHINGTON -- The clock is ticking and Congress is nowhere near meeting President Barack Obama's August deadline to overhaul health care.

"Our members need the time to get the bill written and plenty of time to review it," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said.

Pelosi, who previously vowed a vote this week, backed off from her timetable to give members of her own party -- the fiscally conservative "Blue Dogs" -- a chance to sign on.

But it's not just the cost of the plan or what's in it that's causing problems.

"Abortion is not health care. Abortion causes disease. Abortion causes pain. Abortion causes sickness. And it causes the death of our little babies," said Dr. Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pro-life supporters are protesting on Capitol Hill all this week.

They're praying against the House version of health care, which they believe would use taxpayer money to fund abortions and America's top abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

"We are here to send a clear message to Speaker Pelosi, to the 435 members of Congress, to President Obama: abortion is not health care," said Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition. "Not one penny of public money should be used for the killing and crushing of human life."

As CBN News has reported, the House bills are silent on abortion, which according to the National Right to Life Committee, would "result in federally mandated coverage of abortion by nearly all health plans ... and nullification of many state abortion laws."

Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, says it's an issue for pro-life Republicans and Democrats and has yet to be put to rest.

"This (issue) has got to be resolved ... (there is) a lot of anxiety," Burgess said.

Meanwhile, on the Senate side, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is closer to a compromise that would omit a government insurance option -- something else President Obama wants to health care reform, but he may not get.

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