The debate over health care reform continues in Washington and abortion funding is now at the center of it all.
Radio talk show host Janet Parshall tells CBN News she's not surprised.
"For the next time our friends hear somebody say, 'Abortion's a wedge issue. Nobody cares.' Really? This was the go-no-go point issue for health care reform on the House side, and it should be because this is the issue that defines the soul of the nation," she said.
"And right now, we are a sin-sick, soul-bruised nation. When we lose 4,400 irreplaceable human beings every single day, this defines us in a myriad of ways, not the least of which, what is my relationship with the Creator? Am I or am I not made in his image? Are his fingerprints not all over who we are as unique creatures that have been fearfully and wonderfully made?," Parshall continued.
"It is the plumb line of how we measure exactly who we are, and I find it in God's providence and in his good grace that this entire issue all weekend long, and for many of us, we were biting our fingernails most of the weekend, trying to see what the outcome would be, that you had people of principle on both sides of the aisle, by the way, let the record reflect, who stood up and said, 'Absolutely not.' And because of their boldness, they did a couple of things. Number one, they exposed the hypocrisy of this administration, who has said all along, 'This isn't an abortion bill,' and then he wags his finger, the president, as he's talking to the joint sessions and to America, and he says there's not one single penny of money in this proposal going toward abortion. Mr. President, then why'd we need the Stupak amendment?", she asked.
"That called out the president. That exposed the misrepresentation that he and his surrogates have been making. That all along there has been funding as we have said loudly and clearly for abortion, coming through a myriad of funding mechanisms, not just Medicare," Parshall said.
Disagreement over abortion is causing a deep rift in the Democrat Party. Pro-life Democrats want the final bill to ban federal funds from paying for abortions.
Pro-choice Democrats say they won't support a bill with that language.