Two major pro-life amendments offered by Senator Hatch (conscience protection and abortion funding) have been defeated in the Senate Finance committee: http://blog.aul.org/2009/09/30/update-amendments-in-senate-finance-committee-mark-up/.
I know that many of you contacted Senator Schumer prior to this vote and now I encourage you to contact him again through his Congressional website (http://schumer.senate.gov/new_website/contact.cfm) and say the following, or words to this effect:
I am outraged by your votes today against the two amendments offered by Senator Hatch in the Senate Finance Committee on the Health Care Reform Bill. No health care reform initiative should involve using federal money, either directly or indirectly, to fund elective abortions. Any health care reform bill should scrupulously respect the conscience rights of those who do not wish to perform or participate in abortions. Please reconsider your votes and support conscience protection and an explicit exclusion of federal funding for abortion.
Please pass this information along to your committee members and let us continue our prayer and fasting - seeking conversion and true wisdom for those who voted to defeat these amendments.
God bless you.
Sr. Lucy Marie
Respect Life Coordinator
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Ave., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022