Republicans to Unveil 2010 Election Agenda, Pro-Life Goals on Abortion Expected
by Steven Ertelt
September 21, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republicans are expected to unveil their 2010 election agenda on Thursday and, after some concern from pro-life quarters that no pro-life agenda would be included, initial reports indicate it will feature abortion opposition. The agenda will reportedly call for repealing the pro-abortion ObamaCare health care law.
It will also reportedly include language calling for a scaling back of the taxpayer financing of abortions President Barack Obama and his pro-abortion Democratic allies have pushed through Congress.
Republicans will unveil their new Contract With America on Thursday, an updated version of the famous "Contract" pro-life former Speaker New Gingrich and Republicans unveiled in 1994 that led to a landslide over pro-abortion Democrats and pro-life Republican leaders re-taking Congress.
Will polls showing Republicans have an outside chance of capturing the House, Senate or both this election cycle, the Contract could rally conservative and independent voters behind GOP candidates — but not if pro-life issues are left out of the document.
The agenda items are based on the feedback the party has received at its "America Speaking Out" web site, which collected 160,000 ideas and received 1 million votes and comments on the proposals, according to "Contract" organizer Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a pro-life California congressman.
The "Contract" will reportedly feature an agenda item calling for the repeal of the government-run health care plan Congress approved and, short of that, efforts to significantly de-fund the program, which includes taxpayer funding of abortions that pro-life groups already had to work to stop in three states.
Rep. Joseph Pitts, a Pennsylvania Republican who is one of the leading pro-life members of the House, told The Hill on Monday that a pro-life agenda item will be included.
Rep. Tom Cole, a pro-life House member from Oklahoma confirmed that information, saying, The way they do it will be things like no funding of abortions. But its laid out."
Meanwhile, the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life women’s group that helps pro-life candidates, launched a campaign to get pro-life people to press the pro-life agenda on the America Speaking Out web site. Late Thursday, SBA List chair Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com she has learned the new Contract With America will feature the pro-life perspective.
She said "the GOP leadership will include pro-life language in the legislative blueprint to be released this week."
Dannenfelser said more than 10,000 pro-life people participated in the SBA List campaign to lobby on the document and they were successful in "catch[ing] the attention of Republican Party leaders."
That also included a meeting with pro-life Minority Leader John Boehner who, Dannenfelser said, "pointed out Republican Party leadership is strongly pro-life."
Gary Bauer, the president of American Values, also indicates the information he’s received shows the pro-life agenda will be included in the Contract With America.
"I spoke directly with top House leaders, and we presented thousands of your petitions to their offices. I’m pleased to report that your voice has been heard. The breaking news is that values issues will be included in the policy agenda that is being drafted by House conservatives," he said in an email to pro-life advocates.
"Thats good news because millions of Americans across the political spectrum cherish traditional values and they need someone speaking up for them in Washington," he said.
In addition to funding abortions via the ObamaCare legislation, Congressional Democrats also allowed taxpayer financing of abortions in the nation’s capital — making it so abortions are paid for with federal funds in the District of Columbia for the first time in more than a decade.
Democrats in the House also denied pro-life Rep. Chris Smith a vote on an amendment to restore a consistent application of Kemp-Kasten for all organizations the federal government funds, including the UNFPA. That would have stopped the Obama administration from allowing taxpayer funding of the UNFPA, which has been found to be complicit in the forced abortion one-child policies in China.
Smith also wanted to offer an amendment to limit international family planning funds to those organizations that certify that they will not perform abortions or lobby for the legalization of abortion.
That would have the effect of reversing President Barack Obama’s decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy and force taxpayers to fund groups that promote and perform abortions overseas. Democrats prevented a vote on that amendment, too.
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