Pro-Lifers Rally Against Abortion Funding

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Pro-life supporters went to Capitol Hill Tuesday to pray and protest against abortion funding in the Senate health care bill.

Click play for exclusive video showing about 60 people meeting with members of Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey's staff.

Before the meeting, citizens gathered inside Casey's office to pray that the self- described pro-life Democrat will uphold the sanctity of life.

They're asking him to put his Catholic beliefs before the goals of the Democratic Party and vote "no" on ending debate on the Senate health care bill.

They say voting to end debate would be the same as voting "yes" on public funding for abortion.

"Our nation was founded on the principle that the right to life is fundamental," Mike McMonagle, who opposes the bill, said. "All of us are created with a God given right to life and this health care bill is a direct assault on our God given right to life."

Sen. Casey's office released the following statement to CBN News in response:

Senator Casey voted for the Nelson amendment on the Senate floor as well as similar amendments he supported during the HELP Committee consideration of the bill in July.  Both efforts were defeated.  He is continuing to work on this issue as the Senate works to wrap up debate on health insurance reform. 

He also believes that this bill presents a unique opportunity to provide new and critical support for pregnant women.  Too many women face pregnancy frightened and alone.   No woman should have to walk that road alone.  That is why he has introduced two amendments to help ensure that pregnant women have additional support and assistance to properly care for herself and her child.  He believes there is bipartisan agreement for providing this kind of affirmative assistance to pregnant women.  

Another priority for him is the treatment of children in health care reform, particularly low-income children and children with special needs.  He believes that no child should be worse off as a result of health care reform.  That is why he introduced an amendment, supported by over 500 national and state advocates, to protect and secure funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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