Abortion Funding Still a HC Bill Concern

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WASHINGTON - Pro-life Democrats want more assurances that tax dollars will not be used to fund abortions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be willing to compromise.

Strengthening the language could buy Democrats more votes, but abortion opponents who still have doubts continue to fight to have their voices heard.

For more on the complicated issue of abortion and health care, CBN News spoke with Charmaine Yoest, CEO Of Americans United for Life.  Click play for her comments.

While people in North Dakota are bracing for the rising Red River to flood, one of its residents, Concerned Women for America State Director Janne Myrdal, is racing against the clock to put the breaks on health care reform in Washington.

Myrdal - who is also a wife, mother and farmer - was born and raised in Norway.

"I'm a U.S. citizen now," she said. "And we have that kind of health care now. It ain't working."

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Myrdal is walking the grounds of Capitol Hill to tell her congressman to vote "no" on the health care bill. She believes the reform will open the door to taxpayer-funded abortions.

"Pelosi clearly said this will not cover any funding for abortion. That is plain and simple not true," she said.

And on Capitol Hill, Republicans agree.

"In the effort to break arms and get this passed and pretzel it through the place that they're really misleading people about what's in the bill," GOP Sen. Sam Brownback said. "This will be a major expansion of taxpayer funding of abortion."

After religious leaders representing nearly 60,000 Catholic nuns bought them cover by endorsing the health care bill, some holdouts have switched their stance.

Now, pro-life supporters have been honing in on Earl Pomeroy -- North Dakota's lone representative in the House. Pomeroy voted for the bill last November only after the House adopted tough restrictions on abortion funding.

But since it's not included in the version currently before the House, Pomeroy is on the fence -- making him a prime target for people like Myrdal.

"They work for me. I don't work for them," she said. "I'm the voice they need to listen to and the ladies at home."

Myrdal said she'll continue to fly from North Dakota and walk across Washington in her fight to protect life.

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