Activists Flailing in Opposition to Abortion Funding Ban

Over at the LifeNews blog, Staff Writer Maura Bulter writes:

When the other side gets nervous, we know we are doing something right.  In mid-January, the House voted to repeal the health care reform bill in part because it lacked language barring the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. 

At a recent press conference, Speaker Boehner spoke of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and the Protect Life Act as “commonsense legislation reflect[ing] the will of the people” and “one of the highest legislative priorities” designating it H.R. 3.
 
The bill would codify the Hyde Amendment preventing taxpayer funding of abortions for good.  Under current law, the Hyde Amendment has to be reapproved with every budget; and the health care bill is not covered under it.  H.R. 3 would permanently end federal funding of abortion, even abortions covered by the health care reform bill.

“This is a very serious threat,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told Politico in an interview.  “These folks have just taken office and this is what they’re focusing on…Based on what we’re seeing, just a few days after the start of Congress, we’re absolutely ready for a very serious fight.”

…A fight they are going to lose.  Members of Congress, in particular the leadership, are living up to their campaign promises of making Life a priority.  Jobs and the economy have been at the forefront of policy debates.  But the pro-life leadership has proven they can walk and chew gum at the same time by tackling the Life issue head on.  The House has a solid pro-life majority and the Senate, though still mostly pro-abortion, lacks a filibuster-proof majority.

Read the rest over at Life News.

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