By Dave Andrusko
What could any member of a pro-life administration enjoy hearing more than for a dyed in the wool pro-abortion to slam him or her as “abortion obsessed”?
That’s what Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a Wednesday hearing. “Your administration is abortion-obsessed,” Frankel said at a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the State Department’s 2020 budget proposal.
Frankel was referring to Secretary Pompeo’s announcement at a Tuesday press conference where he said the U.S. State Department will refuse to work with any foreign non-governmental organization (NGO) engaged in the abortion business. The State Department will also refuse to fund foreign NGOs that give money to other foreign NGOs engaged in the international abortion industry.
“We will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes and end-runs around our policy,” Secretary Pompeo said. “American taxpayer dollars will not be used to underwrite abortions.”
National Right to Life applauded his announcement.
“By ensuring enforcement and compliance with existing pro-life policies, Secretary of State Pompeo and the Trump Administration reaffirm their commitment to protecting innocent human life at home and abroad,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “We applaud Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his dedicated pro-life leadership and for his efforts to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund or promote abortion overseas.”
Using tax dollars, at home or aboard, is a non-starter with a strong majority of Americans. As NRL News Today discussed in January, a Marist Poll taken for the Knights of Columbus found that “a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).”
What about taxpayer funding of abortion overseas? Even less support.
[T]he survey found that three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion abroad, fewer than two in 10 (19 percent) support such funding. Opposition to this funding includes most Republicans (94 percent) and independents (80 percent) and a majority of Democrats (56 percent).
And, as Jonathan Abbamonte wrote Wednesday, “Secretary Pompeo also announced funding cuts to the Organization of American States (OAS) in response to the organization’s activities promoting the legalization of abortion in pro-life Latin American countries.”
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