It's clear that the passage of the Senate health care bill fails the American people.
There are many problems with this flawed bill including the scheme that gives a green light for federal funds to pay for elective abortions.
This Christmas Eve vote underscores what's wrong with the legislative process and efforts to reform health care. Under the cover of the holiday, when most Americans have their attention elsewhere, the Senate adopted a very disturbing measure that puts the federal government at the center of what should be private and personal health care decisions.
Now, as efforts begin to work out the differences between the Senate and House bills, we encourage pro-life members of the U.S. House - who ensured passage of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment - to once again stand-up and protect the sanctity of human life.
Most Americans don't want the kind of health care 'reform' approved by the Senate - and we're grateful to the nearly 200,000 supporters who stood up for life and voiced their opposition to using federal dollars to fund elective abortions.
The passage of this dangerous Senate bill is just one more step in the process. We will continue to work with our legal and legislative teams in the weeks ahead as this legislative process continues.
We remain dedicated to protecting the sanctity of human life and demand that the final version of health care reform include real pro-life protections while providing affordable and sensible health care to Americans.
Without significant changes, Congress should reject this government-run, pro-abortion effort. It's time to stop the political deal-making and posturing and listen to the American people who understand that abortion must never become a health care benefit.