Last week, the House of Representatives voted to stop the Obama administration from arranging abortions at taxpayer expense for illegal immigrants who are detained by customs officials.
As LifeNews has reported, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the division of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, is the agency that is paying for some abortions at taxpayer expense and arranging for the abortions for the illegal immigrants.
The ICE detention operations manual also says that illegal alien detainees who are pregnant will be provided with help not just for an impending delivery but also in obtaining an abortion. Abortions will be taxpayer-funded if the life of the mother is deemed to be endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, and ICE will arrange transportation to the abortionist at no cost to the detainee.
Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council, explained that the majority of federal detainees come out of “jails and prisons where we treated them based on the charges that they were either convicted of or arrested for. The second they come to [Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE], we have to treat them with a completely different standard. We throw law enforcement and security protocol… out the window.”
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, says his group worked with members of Congress to put the brakes on the idea.
“Congress was appalled, as we were, to learn that illegal immigrants were entitled to more extensive “health care” than law-abiding Americans,” he said. “Instead of rolling out the red carpet and subjecting them to this administration’s radical social values or risking ICE changing its policy on abortion funding, House conservatives decided to ensure that ICE legally could not fund abortion.”
FRC worked with Rep. Bill Huizenga, a Michigan Republican, to draft a bill that would apply the Hyde standard (no federal funding for abortions) to Homeland Security. When its appropriations bill rolled around, FRC worked to attach the Huizenga language to the Homeland Security spending bill for the next fiscal year.
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“Thanks to Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman Robert Aderholt, an Alabama Republican, that goal became a reality. Last week, following two days of debate on the bill, the overall Homeland Security bill passed along party lines (234-182)–including the provision that blocks ICE from using agency dollars to prevent a baby from entering the world alive,” the FRC leader explained.
Perkins said: “Some Democrats, like Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) complained that the pro-life measure was not only “unnecessary” but “inflammatory.” In reality, all House leaders did was bring Homeland Security in line with the other federal appropriations provisions that prevent taxpayer dollars for abortion. And if the greatest goal of Homeland Security is protecting lives, then surely that includes the unborn ones.”