By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Senator Tom Coburn, a medical doctor, has enraged abortion proponents by filing an amendment to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform package authorizing the institution of the Office of Unborn Children’s Health.
One of hundreds of amendments to the Affordable Health Choices Act, the creation of the new Office would provide the public with services such as an “Unborn Child Pain Awareness” brochure that would remind pregnant women seeking information on their options that “There is substantial evidence that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain…”
According to LifeSiteNews, Sen. Coburn’s amendment is infuriating abortion proponents.
“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.”
Cecile Richards, the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, referred to Coburn’s proposal 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.”
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