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Ellsworth a Vote for Socialism

March 20, 2010


Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who is running for the Senate, on Friday became the second Indiana Democrat to say he supports the latest version of the health care legislation that the House is expected to vote on Sunday.

I wonder if he was purchased with the promise of a NASA administration job, too? The Stupak crew better stand their ground or their political careers are finished for ever.

Suzanne Komas is a vote for socialism, too.

Listener/reader James writes:
Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth today announced his intentions to support the President’s health care overhaul. But what did Speaker Pelosi and President Obama have to promise Ellsworth, who fancies himself a “pro-life Democrat,” to abandon concerns the Senate version lacks sufficiently strong language to bar the federal subsidization of abortion?
ELLSWORTH ON MARCH 11, 2010: “I will not support a bill that I believe would result in federal tax dollars being used to pay for abortions.”
ELLSWORTH ON MARCH 19, 2010: “I am confidence in my heart that this bill meets pro-life principles and upholds the policy of no federal funding for elective abortions.”
Pro-life groups across the nation beg to differ.

National Right to Life Committee: “A House member who votes for the Senate bill would forfeit a plausible claim to pro-life credentials. No House member who votes for the Senate bill will be regarded, in the future, as having a record against federal funding of abortion.” (“Any House member who votes for the Senate health bill is casting a career-defining pro-abortion vote,”, Douglas Johnson, 03/05/10)

Catholic Medial Association: “‘The evidence is clear that the Stupak amendment is absolutely essential if massive new funding of abortion is to be prevented,’ it says. ‘Senate bill H.R. 3590 provides multiple new streams of funding for abortion’ and it ‘requires all enrollees in health insurance all enrollees in health insurance plans covering avocation to pay, separately and exclusively, for abortions obtained by other plan participants.'” (Catholic Medical Association Confirms Senate Health Care Bill Funds Abortions,” Life News, Steven Ertlet, 03/19/10)
US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): “[T]he Senate bill deliberately excludes the language of the Hyde amendment. It expands federal funding and the role of federal government in the provision of abortion procedures.” (“Don’t be Fooled — Senate Health Bill Includes Taxpayer Funding of Abortion,” FOX News, Sen. Orrin Hatch, 3/17/10)

National Right to Life Committee: “‘A vote for the Senate-passed health bill (H.R. 3590) is a vote for the most expansive pro-abortion legislation ever to come before the House of Representatives, since Roe v. Wade, and will be accurately so’ to pro-life advocates, NRLC officials say in the letter obtained.” (Right to Life: Will Tell Pro-Lifers Vote for Senate Health Care Bill is Pro-Abortion, Life News, Steven Ertlet, 3/19/10)
Susan B. Anthony List: “Abortion is not health care. Call Congressman Brad Ellsworth.” (SBA List television ad, 03/19/10)

Pro-Life Democrat Ellsworth OKs Senate Bill After CHA, Nuns’ Abortion Mislead
by Steven Ertelt,

Washington, DC ( — An Indiana Democrat who has voted pro-life and was considered one of the Stupak 12 who would vote against the Senate health care bill because of its abortion funding has flip-flopped. Brad Ellsworth says he will back the bill and cites the misleading statements from Catholic nuns and the CHA as his reason why.

Ellsworth’s office released a statement where the upcoming Senate candidate noted the Catholic Health Association endorsement.

And it ignores the new statement from the Catholic Medical Association saying the Senate bill funds abortions and taking CHA to task.

“As a pro-life Hoosier, one of my central concerns has been preventing federal funding of elective abortion,” he said, according to the PlumLine blog.

“After assurance from the Catholic Health Association, Catholic nuns, and pro-life advocates, I am confident in my heart that this bill meets pro-life principles and upholds the policy of no federal funding for elective abortions,” Ellsworth claimed.

The blog also spoke with Jonathan Kott, Ellsworth’s communication director, who said by phone, “He’s a yes. He will vote in favor of health care reform.”

The concern enunciated by some pro-life advocates after hearing the news is that it may make it easier for fellow Indiana Democrat Joe Donnely, who is also said to be undecided and concerned about abortion funding, to support the pro-abortion bill.

The Catholic Health Association endorsement has come under fire from the nation’s Catholic bishops and pro-life groups that say it does not represent the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church.

While CHA and a small dissident group of Catholic nuns say the Senate bill is pro-life, CMA’s analysis shows the Senate bill the House may vote on this weekend definitely contains abortion funding and promotion.
The CMA statement also follows new newspaper ads the nation’s Catholic bishops have placed in several prominent papers read by members of Congress.

Ellsworth has upset pro-life advocates before.

Before the adoption of the Stupak amendment to the House health care bill, Ellsworth worked with pro-abortion Democratic leaders on a phony amendment that purported to ban taxpayer-funded abortions but didn’t.

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