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Pro-Lifers Plea to Obama Before Monday's AMA Speech

CHICAGO --- "President Obama has declared his intention to reduce abortion. Now he is seeking support from the American Medical Association for his health care plan, and we're calling on him to remember that commitment," said Eric Scheidler, communications director of the Pro-Life Action League. "Our message is simple: Abortion is not health care."

Scheidler's group will hold a pro-life rally outside the Hyatt Regency in Chicago starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 15, where Obama will speak about his health care plan to AMA delegates. In his recent?commencement address at Notre Dame, Obama called for "common ground" on the abortion issue and stated his desire to reduce abortion, which he called a "heart-wrenching decision."

Scheidler is calling on President Obama to follow through on this commitment and ensure that any reform of the nation's health care system will:

-- Provide support to the 3,000 pro-life pregnancy resource centers across the country struggling to meet the needs of pregnant women.

-- Withdraw federal funding from the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, which receives $349,600,000 of taxpayers' money every year.

-- Maintain strong conscience protections for doctors and other health professionals so they are free to care for their patients without taking part in abortion.

"It is time for President Obama to join the pro-life movement in providing compassion and support to the thousands of women in the United States faced with unintended pregnancies who think abortion is their only option," said Scheidler.

"We invite President Obama to reconsider his position on abortion. But whatever his stand, we can still work together to offer women and families the help and hope they need to choose life."


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