Thursday, June 25, 2009

Abortion Proponents See Red after Senator Proposes "Office of Unborn Children's Health" in Healthcare Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2009 ( - Abortion proponents are reacting with fury after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) filed an amendment this month to the President's healthcare reform package authorizi

Official portrait of Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator.

 Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK Image via Wikipedia

ng the institution of an Office of Unborn Children's Health.

The Office is one of hundreds of amendments filed so far with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as they examine the Affordable Health Choices Act.

Abortion proponents lambasted the amendment by the "anti-choice" Coburn, who is also a medical doctor.

"With so many Americans lacking basic health care, it is unconscionable that Sen. Coburn continues to use legislation on this important issue as a means to continue his ideological attacks," wrote Molly Jackson on NARAL's "Blog for Choice." "Fascinatingly angering" was Amie Newman's description of the Office in a blog post at RH Reality Check.

Cecile Richards, the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, referred to Coburn's proposal in venomous terms in a column for the Huffington Post last week.

"We got a small taste of how much fun is in store when more than 30 amendments were filed in the Senate this week to alter the health reform legislation, and further erode women's access to reproductive health care," wrote Richards. "There was a lot of competition for the worst one, but our office favorite was Senator Tom Coburn's amendment to create an 'Office of Unborn Children's Health.'"

"No one's totally sure who would staff it or exactly what they would be doing - but suffice it to say the perennial assault on women's health care is upon us full force."