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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a major pro-life bill -- the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) -- on or about Wednesday, May 4, 2011. National Right to Life urges you to promptly contact the office of your representative in the U.S. House, to urge him or her to support H.R. 3, and to oppose all amendments that may be offered by opponents of the bill.
Notes from April 21st meeting with Nan Hayworth
Alan Mehldau, Chairman of the Northern Westchester and Putnam Center for Life, Richard Fuerst, Chairman of the Westchester Putnam Right to Life PAC, and Judith Anderson, Co-director of the Hudson Valley Coalition for Life, visited with Nan Hayworth in her Fishkill offices on Holy Thursday evening, April 21, at 5 p.m. The meeting was cordial and included Robert E. Difrancesco, Deputy District Director, (19th District) and Maureen Natrella, Chairman of the Dutchess County Conservative Party.
Alan opened the business part of our chat by thanking Nan for her efforts on defunding Planned Parenthood in the Budget Bill negotiations and asking for support for the following bills: H.R. 3 - No Taxpayer Fund for Abortion Act which would advance a permanent ban on abortion funding, and H.R. 361 - Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011. Information packets left with her also included information on H.R. 1179 Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 201, and H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act which seeks to rectify the flawed treatment of abortion, conscience rights and fairness to immigrants in the new health care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). See www.usccb.org/healthcare . Alan reiterated our position on taxpayer funding of abortion and conscience protections, and ecouraged Nan to read the Chiaroscuro Foundation's study about Planned Parenthood and federal funding, which was given to her.
Nan voted with Rep. John Boehner's compromise deal that stripped PP funding from the final legislation and placed it in the Senate on a direct vote. She explained why she felt tax dollars should not be spent this way, but would not go so far as to agree with us that Planned Parenthood is in the "big business" of abortion, nor would she see any "sinister" motives in their clinic/educational objectives. It was suggested to Nan that she check out their recently revamped website www.teenwire.com to review their focus. We mentioned the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, and her racist, eugenic/population control philosophies. We were surprised to hear Nan say she was not familiar with her, so we gave her a brief tutorial and left biographical information. We wonder how many Planned Parenthood "supporters" have ever researched or heard of Ms. Sanger.
Rich pressed Nan and she shared her thinking on fiscal sanity for the nation that included her support for raising the debt ceiling, with serious spending concessions as a necessary part of the deal. Nan was her most animated self when speaking about fiscal issues; more guarded on social issues. We asked about Paul Ryan's budget and about Standard & Poor's possible negative view of the U.S. credit outlook, reminding her that she was sent to Washington with a big boost from Tea Party conservatives. We asked her if she saw her supporters in this voting block as the "values voters" they are, and it was here that we parted company on the national issue of the Obama Administration's backing off support for The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Nan believes that this decision should be left to the states, but when pressed said adamantly that she does not support defense of DOMA either. Our efforts, she said, would be better focused on "covenant marriages" and the problem of divorce there. Her response was unexpected and a major disappointment, and we told her so, still trying to make our points as the door to her office was closed behind us.
All in all it was an interesting, if occasionally disappointing meeting. We thank Nan for her time and for her unseating of John Hall. We encourage all citizens to take time to visit their local representatives to make their positions known, now especially on PP tax funding and marriage, if not in person then by telephone or email.
Contact Congresswoman Nan Hayworth at www.hayworth.house.gov/ or call 202.225.5441 in D.C. or in Goshen 845.206.4600.