House OKs Bill for Obama’s Agenda of Tax-Funded Abortions in Washington, D.C.
by Steven Ertelt
July 16, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that includes language overturning the longstanding ban on forcing taxpayers to fund abortions in the nation’s capital. The vote on the bill came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi manipulated a vote on rules prohibiting an amendment to stop it.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, lamented the vote.
"President Obamas decision to force American taxpayers to foot the bill for abortions in the District of Columbia will cause the deaths of at least 1,000 more unborn children each year," she told LifeNews.com.
She also decried efforts by Pelosi and other Democratic leaders to prohibit a debate and vote on whether the funding should be allowed.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to expand taxpayer funding for abortion in our nations capitol, but it didn’t come easily for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her abortion allies like Planned Parenthood, she said. "Pro-life leaders from both sides of the aisle used every tool at their disposal to allow an up-or-down vote on the measure."
"Instead of continuing the long tradition of open and fair debate on appropriations bills, Speaker Pelosi muzzled not just Republicans, but even members of her own caucus," Dannenfelser added.
When he released his budget request to Congress, President Barack Obama called for repealing the Dornan Amendment, which has blocked taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia for decades.
A House subcommittee pushed forward Obama’s pro-abortion agenda and a bipartisan pair of pro-life lawmakers offered an amendment to restore the tax-funding ban.
The House Appropriations Committee rejected the amendment, then the House Rules Committee approved a rule for debate on the Financial Services Bill that prevented the pair from offering their amendment on the House floor.
When lawmakers voted on the rule today, House Democratic leaders held the vote open and four members changed their vote form originally opposing the rule.
That paved the way for the House to vote 219 to 208 for the Financial Services bill and Obama’s plan to fund abortions in the District.
The House voted 216-213 on House Resolution 644 to block the amendment from Reps. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) and Lincoln Davis (D-TN) to restore the funding ban.
Tiahrt blasted their votes in comments his office sent to LifeNews.com and said it would mean more abortions — a violation of President Obama’s promise to reduce them.
"When given the opportunity this week, Democrat appropriators voted to allow the District of Columbia to use public funding for abortions without limitations. The door is now open for American taxpayers to pay for abortions, even into the ninth month of pregnancy," he said. "This was the wrong decision and one that is contrary to the will of the American people."
"We have heard the President himself say we need to reduce abortions," the Kansas congressman continued. The Tiahrt-Davis amendment would help accomplish that."
"During 1996 to 2000 the abortion rate in D.C. dropped 34 percent due to the implementation of this provision that Democrats opposed," he told LifeNews.com. "This language should remain in place to help save the precious lives of the unborn.
Tiahrt cited a recent study showing nearly 70 percent of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to fund or subsidize abortions.
Representatives John Dingell (D-MI), Marion Berry (D-AR), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Walt Minnick (D-ID) all switched their votes as the vote was held open.
ACTION: Go here to see how your member of the House voted. A yes vote is to support the bill and its abortion funding and a no vote is a vote to oppose the bill and its abortion funding. Call 202-224-3121 or see https://www.House.gov to express your opinion.
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