Multiple media outlets are now officially projecting that pro-abortion Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives, essentially wiping out any prospects of pro-life legislation getting approved in Congress in the next two years — including defunding Planned Parenthood. Abortion activist Nancy Pelosi is expected to once again become Speaker of the House.
While most of the media attention during the midterm election campaign was been focused on races for the United States Senate, there is a monumental race for control of the House of Representatives.
Whichever party controls the House of Representatives has a decisive impact on whether or not pro-life advocates will have another chance to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Under Republican control, the House of Representatives has passed measures to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business on several occasions. The problem has been a lack of votes in the Senate to overcome opposition from pro-abortion Democrats. Ironically, while pro-life candidate appear poised to give the pro-life movement the additional votes it needs to pass a measure under reconciliation in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood, there is a realistic chance that pro-life lawmakers could lose control of the House and any chance to cut funding.
Now that Democrats appear poised to win control of the House and pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House, Democrats win control of the House and pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House
To defund Planned Parenthood or pass any significant Congressional pro-life legislation, the pro-life movement would have to pin its defunding hopes on re-electing President Trump, winning back the House and keeping its margin in the Senate during the 2020 presidential election campaign. That’s a tall order.
The last time the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood, the House voted 217-212 for the bill — with Republicans voting 217-20 for it and Democrats voting 192-0 against it. The bill would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, and it applies as well to the CHIP and the Title V and Title XX block grant programs.
Pelosi said during the election that she is “pretty comfortable” she would be speaker of the House if Democrats take it back, and calling herself a “great legislator.”
“I am a great legislator,” Pelosi told CNN’s Dana Bash. “And one reason I am is because I recognize the contributions of others, our committee chairs and all the rest. … I am also politically astute. I took them to a victory in 2006, I know how to do this.”
“It is up to them to make that decision, but I feel pretty comfortable where I am,” Pelosi told Bash.
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Pelosi earlier this year strongly opposed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying he would overturned Roe if confirmed.
“A vote for Judge Kavanaugh is a vote to destroy Roe v. Wade,” Pelosi said during a press conference with abortion groups and the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus. “It’s a vote to roll back a generation of progress for women and their families. But we don’t agonize, we organize because we know that a Democratic Congress can stop much of the Supreme Court’s awful assaults.”
“We have to work to say that we shouldn’t be appointing someone to the court that does not support stare decisis – previous decisions of the court,” she said.
Richards, who left the abortion giant Plnned Parenthood in May, wrote a glowing profile for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018 list praising her as a woman who “has done more than anyone else in office to advance women’s equity and opportunity, and to build a stronger future for generations to come.”