Defending the family

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The House passed "health reform legislation" by a vote of 220-215. One Republican, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA), voted for the bill and 39 Democrats voted against the legislation.

Speaker Pelosi said "It was a great victory" in response to reporters who asked if she has burned out her new members of the House under pressure from rallies and outbursts of large crowds against the plan to collectivize an entire industry.

Earlier, Pelosi threatened Americans "buy a $15,000 policy or go to jail." Failure to comply would cost a citizen 5 years in prison.

Most Americans would be required to carry insurance and large employers would be obliged to cover their employees.

According to the Associated PRess "In the runup to a final vote, conservatives from the two political parties joined forces to impose tough new restrictions on abortion coverage in insurance policies to be sold to many individuals and small groups. They prevailed on a roll call of 240-194.

Ironically, that only solidified support for the legislation, clearing the way for conservative Democrats to vote for it," said the AP. (more at the link)

64 Democrats, every Republican, an all time high voted for the pro-life amendment according to pro-life Congressmen at a news conference in the Capitol for a total of 240 members of Congress. The action preserved the Hyde Amendment language that prohibits the use of federal money for abortion. "It turned out well" said one pro-life congressman.

One congressman said "the health bill would not have passed without the support of these pro-life Democrats who helped with the pro-life provision".

Congressman Chris Smith said "when public funding is denied 25 per cent of the abortions do not occur" but the bill allows for acceptions. And Smith said "The Senate should take note of the 64 Democrats and every Republican who voted to outlaw the use of federal dollars for abortion.....abortion is not healthcare".