By Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Editor’s note. As National Right to Life reported Friday, with no Republican support, the House of Representatives on Friday approved the COVID-19 reconciliation package 219-212. Republicans offered the McMorris Rogers-Foxx-Walorski Amendment that would have applied the Hyde Amendment to the legislation and prevented taxpayer funds from paying for abortions but the Rules Committee refused to allow a vote on it. Without the Hyde protections in the reconciliation bill, it is estimated that over $414 billion in taxpayer dollars potentially could be used to pay for elective abortions or insurance plans that cover elective abortions.
The following remarks from Rep. Smith preceded the unfortunate vote.
In a radical departure from all previous COVID-19 relief laws—the bill before us today mandates taxpayer funding for abortion on demand.
Today, the Rules Committee refused to allow a vote on the McMorris Rogers-Foxx-Walorski amendment—cosponsored by 206 members—to ensure that taxpayers aren’t forced to subsidize abortion.
It’s shocking to learn that the methods of abortion include dismemberment of a child’s fragile body including decapitation and that drugs like RU 486 starve the baby to death.
Unborn babies killed by abortion at 20 weeks or later experience excruciating suffering and physical pain. And until rendered unconscious or dead by these hideous procedures, the baby feels every cut.
Mr. Biden once wrote to constituents explaining his support for laws against funding for abortion by saying it would “protect both the woman and her unborn child… those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.”
Most Americans agree—58% according to the most recent Marist poll.
Unborn babies need the President of the United States and Members of Congress to be their friend and advocate—not another powerful adversary.