169 House Members and 49 Senators Urge President Trump to Veto Any Bill Funding Abortions

National   Steven Ertelt   Jan 16, 2019   |   6:32PM    Washington, DC

With House Democrats having already passed a bill to fund Planned Parenthood’s International abortion agenda and pushing another bill to overturn the Hyde Amendment and force Americans to fund abortions, pro-life members of Congress are asking President Donald Trump to veto any abortion funding bill that would somehow make it to his desk.

Not that any pro-abortion legislation will make it to Trump’s deck, because Senate Republicans will never allow any to come up for a vote let alone approve it, but it’s good to get everyone on the same page standing against the pro-abortion agenda.

To do that, 169 Members of the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), and 49 Senators, led by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), sent two companion letters asking President Donald Trump to reject—veto—any legislation that would weaken federal pro-life policy.

Both letters ask the President to reject any legislation that would weaken federal policy on abortion.

“We ask President Donald Trump to continue his work in defense of life.  My colleagues and I are also committed to protecting both unborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion,” said Rep. Smith. “I am deeply encouraged that 169 Members of the House of Representatives signed a letter to the President making clear their commitment to sustain any veto issued by the President on the grounds that any pro-life provision has been weakened or removed.”

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“We will not allow hard fought protections for the unborn to be undone. I stand strongly in defense of the President’s pro-life victories and will continue to work with my colleagues to advance our pro-life agenda,” said Sen. Daines.

Both letters praise the President’s strong pro-life commitment and the pro-life policies advanced by the Trump Administration over the past two years. The Smith-led House letter emphasized the importance of pro-life policies such as “preventing direct taxpayer funding of abortion” which includes the Hyde Amendment, a policy that has saved over two million lives since 1976. It also asks the Administration to continue to uphold its Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy that restricts funding for abortion advocates.

The Daines-led Senate letter also noted the Administration’s work to “ensure the conscience rights of healthcare professionals are protected, prevent taxpayer funding under Title X from going to facilities to perform or refer for abortion.”      

It is important to note that both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush sent similar pro-life commitment letters during their terms in office. “President George H.W. Bush released his letter and kept his word, issuing three pro-life vetoes,” Smith said. “All three were upheld by the House of Representatives.”

Leading pro-life groups applauded the letter.

Jennifer Popik, J.D., legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee told LifeNews, “We appreciate that the Congress is drawing a bright line — that they would vote to sustain a veto on any appropriations bill, or any other bill, that would weaken existing laws against federal funding of abortion or weaken other pro-life policies.”