Trump Stops Pelosi From Putting Abortion Funding in Anti-Coronavirus Bill, House to Pass Clean Measure

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 13, 2020   |   7:01PM   |   Washington, DC

In a victory for the Trump administration and pro-life Americans, pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi has relented and agreed to a deal with the Trump administration to pass a clean version of the economic stimulus bill dealing with the coronoavirus. A clean bill with the Hyde Amendment attached to it will receive approval from the House of Representatives tonight and will be signed into law on Monday after the Senate approves it.

As LifeNews reported, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is so dedicated to promoting abortion and forcing Americans to fund killing babies in abortion that she has been caught trying to add taxpayer financing of abortions to the bill to combat the Coronavirus and provide economic stimulus to the nation as it deals with the COVD-19 outbreak.

Pelosi came under heavy criticism from pro-life advocates, from pro-life lawmakers like Senator Ben Sasse and even from President Trump himself.

“Pelosi wanted to sneak in a billion dollars in funding for abortion programs through the coronavirus stimulus package. Don’t ever tell me the Democrats aren’t politicizing this situation,” Human Rights editor Ian Cheong argued.

As late as Thursday, President Trump said he couldn’t support the bill without the Hyde Amendment language in it.

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A reporter asked Trump at the White House if he supports the legislation.

“No, because there are things in there that have nothing to do with things we are talking about,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he sat with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

“It’s not a way for them to get some of the goodies that they haven’t been able to get for the last 25 years,” the president said of House Democrats.

But after a marathon day of negotiations, the White House and Pelosi have agreed to a final version of the bill that will be abortion-free.

“We are proud to have reached an agreement with the Administration to resolve outstanding challenges, and now will soon pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Democratic colleagues.

“This legislation is about testing, testing, testing,” she wrote.

The legislation is meant to help people whose lives or jobs have been upended by the epidemic by providing benefits for idled workers, added food stamp funding, and boosted unemployment insurance. It also would increase coronavirus testing and give states funding for healthcare.

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who led the administration’s efforts, spoke 13 times over the course of the day regarding the deal, most recently at 5:48 p.m. on Friday evening, according to Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, also blasted Pelosi for putting abortion funding in the measure.

“Congress’s coronavirus bill was supposed to be about saving lives — not taking them! But tell that to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who doesn’t seem to mind exploiting a global tragedy to help out her pals at Planned Parenthood. Turns out, while Democrats are bashing the president for not working fast enough, they’re bogging down the debate with secret language on abortion,” he said.

“Even more astounding, Pelosi had the nerve to stand in front of the press and argue that this bill was about “putting families first,” Perkins continued. “Because even in a crisis, the only economy Democrats care about is the abortion industry’s.”