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Obama Administration Threatens to Veto Protect Life Act

by | Oct 13, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Now HERE’s a surprise. This morning the Obama Administration issued a Statement of Administrative Policy vis a vis the Protect Life Act [H.R. 358] which the House will vote on tomorrow.

“If the President is presented with H.R. 358, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

The objective of the Protect Life Act is to correct the “multiple provisions that authorize subsidies for abortion, as well as provisions that could be employed for abortion-expanding administrative mandates,” as NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said in testimony before a congressional subcommittee in February. But since President Obama has never conceded that such provisions exist, not surprisingly the letter today again denies what is self-evidently true.

Thus, there is this assurance:

“Longstanding Federal policy prohibits Federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered” and “ObamaCare preserved this prohibition and included policies to ensure that Federal funding is segregated from any private dollars used to fund abortions for which Federal funding is prohibited.“

Why fight so vigorously a law  to limit abortion-expanding provisions in ObamaCare if supposedly they don’t even exist? The man is shameless.

But no less so than pro-abortion House members who pretend to shake their heads in amazement: with 9% unemployment and we are worrying about “social issues”? There are three obvious responses.

First, at the same time someone such as U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) would accuse House Republicans of wasting time, pro-abortionists inside and outside Congress are spending their time opposing the pro-life House leadership’s repeated attempts to stop the flow of federal dollars to the Abortion Industry.

We have written about this many times. To name just two examples, H.R.3—the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act,” and various attempts to prevent discrimination against pro-life health care providers.

Second, the pro-life House leadership is having a vote for the Protect Life Act because they promised they would. Honoring your commitments is the coin of the realm in politics. This reminds me why pro-lifers worked so incredibly hard in 2010.

And third to borrow from a letter to the editor that we discuss in Part Five,

if you think the killing of a child is a minor issue compared to whether you’re going to pay your electric bill this month or not, I suggest you review your moral priorities.

Be sure to read Part One and contact your member of the House of the Representative about the Protect Life Act. The direct URL is

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