Bipartisan Pro-Life Congressmen speak out against tax-payer funding of abortion

Political maneuvering by House Leadership thwarts their efforts

On Thursday February 26, just nine days after President Obama signed a $787 billion “stimulus bill” into law, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $410 billion appropriations bill.

On Wednesday, Representatives from both sides of the aisle sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc) calling on them to carry on the long tradition of including in that massive bill measures that would prevent tax-payer funds from being used to perform abortions both in the U.S. and abroad.

The letter was authored by four pro-life congressmen including Jim Jordan of Ohio’s 4th District, and was signed by a total of 181 representatives.

Commonly referred to as “pro-life riders,” numbering a dozen in total,  some of the protective measures have been in place for as long as 30 years and have been honored by administrations and congresses dominated by both parties.

Chief among those “riders”:

  • The Hyde Amendment – which prevents tax-payer funding of abortions under Medicaid;
  • The Kemp-Kasten Amendment – which prevents federal funding of organizations that support or participate in coerced abortions or sterilization for population control;
  • The Hyde-Weldon Amendment – which protects the conscious rights of health-related workers.

In addition to co-author Jim Jordan, Ohio representatives signing onto the letter were:

  • Steve Austria (R-07)
  • John Boehner (R-08)
  • Steve Driehaus (D-01)
  • Robert Latta (R-05)
  • Jean Schmidt (R-02)

If you are served by one of these pro-life representatives, please click the link below to send him/her a message of thanks for standing up for life.

Political Maneuvering

Unfortunately, the liberal House Leadership found a way to keep the pro-life riders technically in place yet still circumvent one of the most important pro-life provisions.

Since the early days of the Bush administration, U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been prohibited because of the organization’s complicity with China’s policy of using forced abortions to implement their one-child rule.

Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc) created a loophole that exempted the UNFPA from the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, and House Leadership injected $50 million of tax-payer funds for the UNFPA into the Appropriations Bill. Obey and company then created a “closed rule” that virtually shut down any debate on the loophole.

So much for the campaign promises of transparency.

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