Why the "No
Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," and the "Protect
Life Act" are so Critically Important
Part Two of Four
By Dave Andrusko
involved on both sides of the abortion issue say things
are different in the 112th Congress for two key reasons:
the high priority that Republicans have given the issue
as well as the influx of anti-abortion members of
Congress into both the House and Senate."
-- From this morning's POLITICO.
Two days before a
massive crowd will come to the nation's capital to
commemorate the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade,
pro-life House Republicans introduced two important
bills intended to repair and strengthen barriers to
federal subsidies for abortion. (See Parts Three and
The "No Taxpayer
Funding for Abortion Act" (H.R. 3) would replace the
patchwork of abortion-related limitations that have been
applied to various federal programs over the past 35
years and more (such as the Hyde Amendment) with a
permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal
subsidies for abortion and for health plans that cover
abortion (with narrow exceptions).
The "Protect Life
Act" (H.R. 358) rewrites multiple provisions of the 2010
health care law--ObamaCare--in order to prohibit federal
subsidies for abortion, and federal regulations that
could expand abortion in various ways.
In response some
accounts recycled the same tired old lines--why an
emphasis on the "social issues" during an economic
downturn, or that the measures were just sops to the
"base." But other stories, perhaps because the authors
were aware of the solidly pro-life credentials of the
House Republican leadership and the sponsors of these
bills, understood that this was much ado about much.
yesterday pro-life House Speaker John Boehner used his
weekly press conference to emphasize how important the
"A ban on taxpayer
funding of abortions is the will of the people and it
ought to be the will of the land," Boehner said. Pressed
by a reporter to explain why House Republicans were
making abortion a top issue, Boehner responded, "Our
members feel strongly about the sanctity of human life.
We listened to the American people, we made a commitment
to the American people in our Pledge to America, and
we're continuing to fulfill our commitment."
Rep. Chris Smith
(R-NJ) is the prime sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding
for Abortion Act. "The fact that it is designated as HR
3 speaks volumes about priorities," he said. "This
leadership under speaker Boehner, right on down the line
of the Republican leadership, believes in this. This is
not about political expediency."
impact of these two laws is directly proportional to the
heated--and off the mark-- pro-abortion response. In
general, they insist that the former is too "extreme"
(nothing new there), and the latter is not needed
(harkening back to a bogus Executive Order signed by
pro-abortion President Barack Obama that unsuccessfully
attempted to give cover to a number of Democrats who'd
previously voted pro-life).
But the leadership
of major pro-abortion organizations understands there is
a new sheriff in town, at least in the House. "This is a
very serious threat," Planned Parenthood President
Cecile Richards told POLITICO. "These folks have just
taken office and this is what they're focusing on…Based
on what we're seeing, just few days after the start of
Congress, we're absolutely ready for a very serious
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