By Dave Andrusko
This is Politics 101 but worth thinking about for a few minutes. Why introduce legislation that while it may pass in one house—or even both houses—of Congress if the Abortion Establishment has President Barack Obama’s veto as a backstop?
I was reminded of this perennial question by a column that appears in today’s Boston Globe. Unlike most stories that address this issue, it’s not over-layered with cynicism. Mark Arsenault understands that votes, such as when the House successfully passing the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” on Wednesday. are not mere posturing or “playing to the base.”
That 251-175 vote is about a genuinely substantive component—federal funding/tax dollars—of a profoundly moral issue—complicity in the destruction of innocent unborn life.
Voters will know that 175 House Democrats have no respect not only for the unborn child, but for the sentiment expressed in poll after poll after poll: the public opposes taxpayer funding for abortion.
Voters will also know that every Republican who voted voted for the bill, along with 16 Democrats. Five Republicans did not vote but were all co-sponsors. (A sixth– pro-life Speaker of the House John Boehner–did not vote because the Speaker does not usually vote or cosponsor bills. But Boehner did give a speech for the bill.)
If a Senate vote occurs — which Democratic Leader Harry Reid will try to prevent — voters will learn if any Senate Democrats are willing to enact an effective, permanent prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion.
Likewise with earlier votes in the House and Senate. When the House voted to de-fund ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood and the Senate would not, the average citizen needs only go to http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/home/ to see how their member of the House and two senators voted.
The most important sentence in Arsenault’s story is that “Lawmakers also know legislation on contentious topics often takes more than one try to pass.” Why? Because pro-abortionists know how fiercely tenacious pro-lifers are.
As one pro-abortionist put in a piece for the newspaper, The Hill, “Opponents of abortion in Congress are nothing if not persistent.”