Following the 39th National March for Life event, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) hosted a Congressional reception for hundreds of constituents who attended the pro-life rally in Washington, D.C.
"Throughout my 21 years in public service, I have been proud to stand with the pro-life community and have worked to protect the rights of the unborn and the conscience rights of Americans," said Rep. Latta. "Now more than ever, it is important that we protect the lives of the unborn. This is evident from the Obama Administration's latest assault on the pro-life community," added Rep. Latta.
Last Friday, the Obama Administration ignored the conscience rights of Americans by denying an expansion on the exemption to religiously affiliated employers from the health insurance contraceptive coverage requirement. Under the new Obamacare mandate, religious employers are required to cover contraceptives and sterilization free of charge in employee health care coverage.
"This mandate not only forces employers to violate the beliefs of their faith, but could cause religious organizations to stop offering health insurance to their employees," said Rep. Latta.
NOTE: Congressman Latta is a co-sponsor of the following pieces of pro-life legislation:
H.R. 2 -- Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (Eric Cantor, R-VA) -- Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which passed last March without pro-life protections.
H.R. 3 - No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (Chris Smith, R-NJ) -- Establishes a consistent government-wide prohibition on abortion funding.
H.R. 212 -- Sanctity of Human Life Act (Paul Broun, R-GA) -- Declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human and is the person's paramount and mostfundamental right.
H.R. 217 - Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (Mike Pence, R-IN) -- Mandates that no funds provided under Title X can be awarded to entities that perform, or provide funds to another entity that performs, abortions, such as Planned Parenthood.
H.R 358 - Protect Life Act (JoePitts, R-PA) -- Ensures that no federal funds will be used on abortion through the Democratic-passed health care law.
H.R. 361 -- Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 (John Fleming, R-LA) -- Amends the Public Health Service Act to provide conscience protections for health care entities who refuse to participate in abortion.
H.R. 374 - Life at Conception Act (Duncan Hunter, R-CA) -- Establishes personhood at the moment of conception, thereby guaranteeing a child's Constitutional right to life.
H.R. 593 -- Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2011 (Pete Olson, R-TX) -- Calls for increased accountability of federal funds granted to organizations that perform, promote, and refer for abortion services. It would require each individual state to annually report the amount of money the state received from the federal government that was paid to an abortion provider.
H.R. 1179 -- Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (Rep Jeff Fortenberry, R-NE) -- Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan or the purchaser or beneficiary (in the case of individual coverage) without penalty.
H.R. 2299 -- Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL) -- Makes it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines to circumvent that state's abortion parental notification laws.
H.R. 3130 -- Heartbeat Informed Consent Act (Michele Bachmann, R-MN) - Requires abortion providers to perform an ultrasound on a pregnant woman, display the ultrasound images so that the she may view them, and provide a medical description of the ultrasound images of the unborn child's cardiac activity, if present and viewable.
H.R. 3541 -- Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011 (Trent Franks, R-AZ) - Bans sex-selection abortion and race-selection abortion in the United States, attempting to break new ground in the legal battle to save innocent life by applying civil rights to the unborn - for the first time.