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Below, from Quigley......

Quigley to vote 'yes' on health care provided no compromise on choice

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) issued the following statement in advance of the House vote on health care reform:

"I was pleased yesterday to hear that the 'deem and pass' maneuver was abandoned and that the House will have a fair and transparent up-or-down vote on the Senate health care bill today. My constituents voted for me to have a vote, and it's only right that I am able to use it on an issue this critical to the American people.

I was also glad to hear that House leadership refused to entertain any side deal with anti-choice lawmakers in exchange for their support. I made it clear to the leadership of the House that I would not support a bill which included such a deal.

As for my vote, I understand many would have preferred that I announce my intentions sooner, some perhaps before the final bill text was even released. However, this bill and this process have changed so drastically in the last 24 hours, particularly when it came to the issue of choice, that I could not commit myself to a bill of this importance before knowing what it would contain. Even now, hours before the final vote, there is a chance for a last-minute amendment that could compromise women's health care.

In the end, I have always been committed to reforming the status quo to bring health care access to the 69,500 people in Illinois' Fifth District who currently do not have it and improve it for the half-million who do, but not at the expense of a woman's ability to choose. Unless there is a last-minute change to the bill that compromises this right, I plan to vote 'yes.'

No one can claim that this bill is perfect. It is rather a historic place to start from which we will review, refine, and most importantly, help millions of American families for the first time in generations. We are on the brink of history, and it is honor to be a part of it."

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A man of conviction.

Parents - if you didn't do everything within your power to STAND ON YOUR REPRESENTATIVE'S HEADS TO VOTE NO on the so-called "health care bill" - then you have no right to complain - ever.

This bill sends every state over the edge financially - states and school districts who were already strapped.

BUT Obama got his way! He got his "historical moment." Look into the eyes of your children and tell them that their futures are forever altered...because you sat on your behind and refused to be educated and informed - and because you faiiled them.
No one has an excuse anymore for not being educated. We have internet.

You simply cannot be a passive consumer - and expect everything to fall into your lap...

A snake has entered your nest, little birdie - and are consuming your children. So squawk - but you better have a pretty good plan - or they will be complete devoured.


Here's a hint: Vote OUT every Democrat that voted YES for this plan - that would be EVERY DEMOCRAT. this november.
Need to find out who your representative was?
Here you go: http://www.votesmart.org/

Look here to see the origin of the "campaign funds" - hint: BOUGHT VOTE - for your Representative. Looks like drug companies, insurance companies, lawyers...

opensecrets.org

So - you go ahead and listen to those Democratic Senators and Representatives - and vote for them just because they are black or nice or minority or whatever. Way to go, Mom and Dad! You rock!

Go ahead. Keep it up. And keep squawking.......
That's the only consolation that I have.

A often repeated criticism from pro-choice folks of pro-life folks is that they care more concerned about the unborn than living and breathing children. Reading Quigley's comments I think it would be fair to make the same criticism of pro-choice folks. I ask this as someone staunchly pro-choice, why aren't you more concerned about the quality of health care of poor children or poor mothers who choose not to end their pregancy as you are for poor women seeking abortions?

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