Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) writes on his blog about a surprising response he received to questions for James B. Steinberg, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Deputy Secretary of State:
James B. Steinberg, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Deputy Secretary of State, claimed in written testimony to the Foreign Relations Committee that Congress cannot constitutionally restrict taxpayer funding to perform or promote abortions. Mr. Steinberg stated that the Mexico City policy, which bars taxpayer funding of abortions overseas, “is an unnecessary restriction that, if applied to organizations based in this country, would be an unconstitutional limitation on free speech.”
Steinberg’s opinion is in direct contradiction to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already definitively decided the matter in Rust v. Sullivan in 1991. The court’s majority opinion concluded: “The Government has no constitutional duty to subsidize an activity merely because it is constitutionally protected, and may validly choose to allocate public funds for medical services relating to childbirth but not to abortion.”
Apparently Supreme Court decisions carry little relevance to Obama cabinet appointees who are dedicated to funding abortion on-demand at every turn.
Read the full text of Senator DeMint’s question and Steinberg’s response here.
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