Thursday, January 20, 2011

More good news from the new Congress

From LifeSiteNews:

Two pro-life House bills seek to ban abortion in fed programs, health care law

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 20, 2011 ( - Two major bipartisan pieces of pro-life legislation were unveiled on Capitol Hill today that would eliminate abortion funding from all federal programs and prevent the new health care reform law from subsidizing abortion procedures. Planned Parenthood is alarmed and “ready for a very serious fight”.

At a morning press conference, US Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), co-chairs of the bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus, along with Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.), Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce, unveiled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” and the “Protect Life Act.”

The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (HR 3) would establish a permanent government-wide ban on federal funding of abortion, replacing the need for annual funding prohibitions or “riders” like the Hyde Amendment, which are always one Congress away from expiring. The bill also codifies the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause, which prohibits hospitals and health care workers from being forced to perform abortions, but gives its enforcement more teeth.

“Our new bill is designed to permanently end any US government financial support for abortion whether it be direct funding or by tax credits or any other subsidy,” Smith said in his remarks....

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