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Under Pressure, Birth Control Bailout Dropped from Stimulus Package

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org


WASHINGTON, January 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- The birth control bail out was dropped today from the government's economic stimulus package after a number of pro-life/pro-family groups, including Operation Rescue, expressed outrage yesterday over a proposed $200 million allotment for contraceptives that was promoted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"This is a huge victory for American taxpayers and for the pro-life movement. We rejoice that the coffers of Planned Parenthood and their ilk will be denied $200 million in public money for what amounted to a shameful population control program that targeted low-income families," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "Pelosi's plan, claiming that having children was bad for the economy, was nonsense that deserved a strong public rebuke."

The birth control allotment was removed from the stimulus package at the request of President Barrack Obama, who appeared to be trying to avoid a showdown with conservatives that he was likely to lose. It was rightly determined that the money would not stimulate the economy or create jobs.

"This victory proves that pro-lifers still wield power, no matter what the liberal pundits claim," said Newman.

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Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation.  Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America.  Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.