WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council (FRC) today praised the House of Representatives for overturning the abortion-funding health care law.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last year found that more than two thirds of Americans (67 percent) oppose government funding of abortion as part of health care reform. According to a recent Gallup/USA Today survey, only 13 percent of Americans want the law to remain on the books as written.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following statement about the repeal:
"The American people, the House of Representatives and 26 states have sent a message that President Obama and the U.S. Senate would be unwise to ignore: 'Repeal' is the only response to the incompetence found throughout the health care takeover law.
"We applaud the House for recognizing that the Constitution does not empower the federal government to command American citizens to purchase health insurance.
"The House also voted to stop a massive expansion of abortion funding under the new health care law. In a meeting earlier this week with the Chicago Tribune editorial board, even Rahm Emanuel admitted that President Obama's Executive Order on abortion funding does not 'exist by law.' It's now obvious that from the very beginning, the Obama Administration had no intention of preventing federal funding for abortion.
"The American people, regardless of their view of the underlying issue, should not be forced to pay for abortions.
"The House vote also would repeal the rationing provisions in the current law. Health care decisions should be between patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats.
"FRC commends Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor for leading the way in returning America's health care to the doctors and patients involved, and working to ensure that taxpayers are not forced to pay for abortions," concluded Perkins.
SOURCE Family Research Council