Nancy Pelosi, Democrats Attack Pro-Life Bill on Mother’s Day

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 8, 2011   |   1:22PM   |   Washington, DC

While millions of Americans thank their mothers on Mother’s Day for the gift of life — especially those born after the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited abortion — former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats are trashing a pro-life bill.

Pelosi sent out a fundraising email seeking donations to pay for advertising criticism Republican lawmakers for voting for a bill this past week that would eliminate virtually all taxpayer funding of abortions across all governmental programs and agencies.

Titling the email, “the Republican War on Women,” Pelosi writes:


Your actions today can make a difference for many of the women in your life — whether it is for a friend, your sister, your wife, your daughter, or yourself — all I ask is that you act.

This week, Republicans voted unanimously on an extremist anti-choice bill that would deny millions of women access to reproductive health care. For the first time ever, restrictions would be placed on how women with private insurance choose to spend their private dollars on health insurance.

We cannot sit silent in the face of this extremist agenda.

My strategists tell me that we are $53,241 short of our new goal of $200,000 for our Rapid Response campaign to hold House Republicans accountable for their divisive and radical agenda.

Contribute $3 or more right now so we can get hard-hitting Rapid Response ads up holding Republican extremists in Congress accountable for their radical assault on women’s health care and reproductive freedom.

House Republicans should be working to help put Americans back to work, not waging an outrageous war against millions of women and their private health decisions.

Let us never allow the health of American women to come under attack. Let us stand together to expand care, not limit it.

The bill in question, that the House approved Wednesday on a 251-175 vote with Republicans voting 235-0 for the bill and Democrats voting 175-16 against it, does nothing to take away health care access or options for women. The legislation combines several policies that must be enacted every year in Congressional battles and puts them into law where they will not be in jeopardy of being overturned every time Congress changes hands from pro-life lawmakers to those who support abortions.

As we reported at LifeNews:

Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the lead sponsor of the bill, informed the House that a study by the Guttmacher Institute, the pro-abortion former research apparatus of Planned Parenthood, released a study noting that one-quarter of women who otherwise would have had abortions chose to give birth when taxpayer dollars were not available to pay for abortions of their children.

Smith spoke on the House floor today about what he said was growing public opinion against abortion. He also praised women who regret having terminated their pregnancies and speak out against abortions.

“For decades, a patchwork of short-term policies have prevented abortion funding in many programs authorized by Congress, but it is time for a single, government-wide permanent protection against taxpayer funding for elective abortion,” Smith said. “Abortion is lethal violence against children and exploitation of women. This legislation would establish a comprehensive policy prohibiting public funding for elective abortion in all federal programs.”

A majority of Americans object to the use of taxpayer money for funding abortion, according to numerous polls — including a survey CNN conducted in early April showing Americans oppose public funding of abortion by a margin of 61% to 35%.

The bill will also mitigate concerns about abortion funding in the various loopholes in the Obamacare national health care bill that various pro-life organizations warned about during debate on the law. The legislation did not contain language banning funding of abortions in its provisions and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would fix that problem.

ACTION: Contact Pelosi with your complaints at 202-225-4965 or