Mr. FLEMING. I thank the gentleman from Pennsylvania for his work on this bill and his lifelong career in protecting life.
Madam Speaker, the bill before us today, H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act, would accomplish two important things: It would remove funding for abortion and abortion coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and it would extend the conscience protections to pro-life doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other health care facilities who object to destroying the lives of unborn children.
Madam Speaker, I've been a doctor for 36 years, father of four, grandfather of two, and I can tell you that the taking of innocent life is not health care. It is not health care. Having said that, this country is still divided on whether or not a woman should have the right to take an unborn infant. However, the country is not divided on the issue for who should pay for it--and that issue is taxpayers. Two to one, Americans say taxpayers should not be footing the bill. And that's what this is about, as well as the conscience clause.
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Mr. FLEMING. This protection is critical for pro-life and religious health care providers and entities. EMTALA, which is part of the discussion here, requires that health care providers such as myself must take care of women and must take care of their infants, unborn or otherwise.
And so I say to you, Madam Speaker, today, this bill protects life and it does not require taxpayers to foot the bill for those who choose to take innocent life.