By Dave Andrusko
“ Opponents of abortion in Congress are nothing if not persistent.”
Jessica Arons–director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress (a nonprofit organization with very close ties to the Obama White House)–writing in today edition of The Hill newspaper.
National Right to Life’s statement on today’s “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” vote in the House is terrific (Part One). Please read these fine remarks and pass them along through all your social media outlets.
In addition to congratulating the 251 members of the House who voted in favor of HR 3, NRL highlights four features of the fight which virtually never get talked about except in places such as National Right to Life News and National Right to Life News Today.
First, there are over a million people alive today because of the Hyde Amendment. To pro-abortionists this is an irritant. To most of the press, it’s a yawner: “So what?” To us it means over one million unique human beings did not have their lives snuffed out.
Second, HR 3 is about permanently prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortion across all federal programs. Not just a patchwork of laws that apply to only certain programs—many of which expire annually—but a permanent ban.
The law also applies to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)–ObamaCare. Why is that important? Because contrary to the impression left by apologists for PPACA, the new pipelines for federal funding opened by ObamaCare are not governed by the Hyde Amendment or any other statutory restriction.
Third, the Republican leadership in the House is working overtime to advance the cause of life. They are not merely paying lip service. They really believe in saving unborn lives.
You can watch Speaker John Boehner deliver his floor remarks on behalf of HR3. I have attached his remarks at the end of this blog entry.
Fourth and finally, federal funding of abortion is not—repeat not—supported by the American people, which is why opponents of H.R.3 have worked overtime to distort what really is at issue. Even as she counsel pro-abortion politicians to make “principled arguments in support of abortion coverage in federal programs,” Jessica Arons implicitly concedes that in today’s edition of The Hill.
And by the way, in portraying pro-abortionists as the aggrieved party, Arons manages to ignore altogether that it is ObamaCare that has taken the battle over federal funding into new territory.
As I say, please read National Right to Life’s fine statement. Below you will find Speaker John Boehner’s remarks today on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
“I rise to express my support for H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This common-sense, bipartisan legislation codifies the Hyde Amendment and similar policies by permanently applying a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion across all federal programs.
“Last year, we listened to the American people through our America Speaking Out project, and they spoke out on this issue – loudly and clearly. We included it in our Pledge to America, and today we are taking another step toward keeping that commitment and keeping our word.
“A ban on taxpayer funding of abortion is the will of the American people and ought to be the law of the land. But the law, particularly as it is currently enforced, does not reflect the will of the people. This has created additional uncertainty given that Americans are concerned not just about how much we’re spending, but how we’re spending it.
“Enacting this legislation would provide the American people with the assurance that their hard-earned tax dollars will not be used to fund abortions. I commend the leadership of the gentleman from New Jersey, Mr. [Chris] Smith, and the gentleman from Illinois, Mr. [Dan] Lipinski. And I urge my colleagues to support the measure.”