Pro-Life Advocates Work to Halt Funding Pro-Abortion Groups Through GIVE Act

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 19, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates Work to Halt Funding Pro-Abortion Groups Through GIVE Act

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 19
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Yesterday, pro-life advocates in Congress won a partial victory in their efforts to stop the funding of pro-abortion groups through yet another Congressional bill. In this case, they sought to prevent H.R. 1388, known as the “GIVE Act”, from funding groups that perform or promote abortions.

The legislation authorizes funding for various federal community service programs such as Learn and Serve, AmeriCorps, the National Civilian Community Corps and others.

During the debate, pro-life advocates asked pro-abortion Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat who is the chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, for assurances that he would be willing to take their request to make the legislation abortion neutral to the Senate-House conference that would work up the final version of the bill President Barack Obama would receive.

Though Miller assured them he would include their language, pro-life Rep. Virginia Foxx, a North Carolina Republican, wanted to make sure abortion funding wasn’t included.

She offered a Motion to Recommit the bill back to the committee with instructions to add language to the bill making sure none of the taxpayer funding would go to “organizations that provide or promote abortion services, including referral for such services."

After a roll call vote, the House approved the motion on a 318 -105 vote with 144 Democrats joining all of the House Republicans in supporting the move.

Taxpayer funding of abortion is a contentious issue and pro-life advocates are concerned about losing several provisions, including the Hyde amendment, that stop abortion funding using federal dollars in various circumstances.

Melody Barnes, the pro-abortion White House Domestic Policy Council Director, recently talked about what may happen about those provisions.

She said she didn’t know if Obama would press for Congress to remove the numerous pro-life riders.

"I haven’t had that conversation with the president, so I don’t have an answer for you on that. I haven’t looked at his voting record or if he’s voted on that issue, and that would be a place to start," she told CBN News. "We haven’t had that conversation, but I’m sure in the days and weeks ahead that we will."

The House and Senate have already voted on abortion funding, with pro-life advocates losing Senate votes to stop money from going to the UNFPA and to keep the Mexico City Policy in place.

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