May 2, 2011
Strong Pro-Life Legislation Coming Up This Week
The House Rules Committee has announced that it will meet on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 to consider H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” introduced by Pro-life Caucus Co-chairs Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL). This indicates that the House is expected to consider H.R. 3 later in the week.
This important legislation not only would establish a government-wide permanent prohibition on funding for abortion, it would also include banning subsidies for abortion coverage under the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” codify the Hyde-Weldon Conscience Clause, and remove tax-preferred status for abortion through Health Savings Accounts.
An amendment will be offered by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) which merges the legislative language reported out of the Judiciary Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. A section by section description of H.R. 3 (as amended) is available here. The text to be considered by the House is available here.
Although 227 Members have co-sponsored this critical pro-life legislation, the 24 Republicans listed below have not. While it is too late for them to be added as co-sponsors, they should be encouraged by their constituents to vote FOR H.R. 3 and AGAINST all hostile amendments, which the Democrats are sure to offer on the floor.
Republicans who did not cosponsor H.R. 3: Bass (NH), Biggert (IL), Bono Mack (CA), Camp (MI), Capito (WV), Dent (PA), Dold (IL), Dreier (CA), Frelinghuysen (NJ), Gibson (NY), Hanna (NY), Hastings, D (WA), Hayworth (NY), Heller (NV), Herrera (WA), Meehan (PA), Paulsen (MN), Reichert (WA), Renacci (OH), Rohrabacher (CA), Runyan (NJ), Tipton (CO), Webster (FL), and Young, D (AK).
Pro-lifers must remember that, unfortunately, we do not hold a majority in the Senate and the good pro-life legislation passed time and time again in the House will likely NOT pass the Senate. Still, we must keep putting forth these pro-life bills and be watching closely to see which of the 23 Democrat Senators who are up for election next year refuse to support pro-life legislation.
ACTION: Contact your Congressional Representative and urge him/her to VOTE YES ON H.R. 3 and to defeat all hostile amendments. Email here and/or phone the main Capitol switchboard at 202/224-3121.
Despite the lack of even one successful cure or treatment from embryonic stem cells, some researchers continue to kill embryos for the purpose of experimenting with their stem cells. And now, our tax dollars will be paying for this futile destruction once again.
Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2 to 1 decision, issued its final opinion and judgment on a preliminary injunction in the Sherley v. Sebelius case. Their decision, at least temporarily, allows federal money to continue funding the destruction of human embryos until the case is decided by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The case was filed by adult stem cell researchers who contend that President Obama’s embryo-destructive stem cell research funding policy violates the ban on federal funding for research enacted by the Dickey-Wicker Amendment to the Labor/HHS funding. The prohibition has been renewed each fiscal year since 1996 until President Obama rescinded it last year.
In its decision, the Circuit Court said that “There is some debate as to which type of stem cell holds more promise of yielding therapeutic applications.” That is a hard statement to justify when not one therapeutic application has succeeded with embryonic stem cells — adult stem cells have brought about the only success in medical applications. (See Oct. 2010 RNC for Life Report.)
Reading the following from the Dickey-Wicker text, “… none of the funds … may be used for … research in which … human embryos are destroyed …”, one must ask, what part of this clear prohibition did that Circuit Court not understand?
Here is the actual Dickey-Wicker language, which the Court curiously called “ambiguous.”
Here is a concise overview of the history of this legislation and the court decisions to date. As this case progresses through the legal system, we will keep you informed.
Learn More About Tax Funding To Planned Parenthood
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