October 10, 2011
Continuing to take advantage of the strong pro-life Republican presence in the U.S. Congress, two very important bills are making their way through the legislative process in Washington. And both not only revere the sanctity of life but will also save tax monies if passed into law!
Expected for a vote the week of Oct. 10th, H.R. 358, Protect Life Act, asserts that under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) no funds authorized or appropriated by ObamaCare may be used to pay for abortion or abortion insurance coverage. This measure will likely come up for a vote on the House floor the week of Oct. 10.
According to www.LifeNews.com, H.R. 358 by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) specifies that any individual or government insurance coverage for abortion must be through a separate elective abortion rider which may be paid for only with private funds rather than money authorized by ObamaCare.
This pro-life measure also ensures that state laws “protecting conscience rights, restricting or prohibiting abortion or coverage or funding of abortion, or establishing procedural requirements on abortion” are not abrogated by ObamaCare.
Although pro-life committee members fended off numerous hostile amendments from pro-abortion members of Congress during the committee markup, it is expected that pro-abortion lawmakers will offer many of those weakening amendments that would water down the bill on the House floor.
De-Funding the U.N. Population Fund
Last week, the House Foreign Affairs committee took a courageous stand for life and against the United Nations Population Fund (pro-abortion) (UNFPA) as it approved H.R. 2059 by a party-line vote of 23-17. H.R. 2059, introduced by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), will cut off funding to UNFPA, which has consistently supported China’s horrendous one-child, forced-abortion policy.
By eliminating funding to UNFPA due to the UN agency’s longstanding support for, and cooperation with, China’s brutal birth limitation policy, H.R. 2059 would save $400 million over 10 years, which is still less than the $500 million in excess funds that UNFPA is reported to have in reserve. Over the years UNFPA has routinely worked closely with the Chinese population control agency, operating their programs within the guidelines of the abusive policy, providing financial support to the China Family Planning Commission and even praising the brutal one-child policy for its effectiveness. Despite this ongoing history of complicity in this human rights abuse, the Obama State Department resumed funding for UNFPA in 2009. Indeed, less than a year ago, in December 2010, Dr. Zhao Baige, Vice Minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission of China expressed thanks to UNFPA for “its constant support to China’s population and family planning undertakings during the past thirty years and more.”
Ten hostile Democrat amendments were successfully defeated in committee; all were attempts to continue funding for UNFPA even if they remain involved in this anti-life policy, as long as U.S. funds are “technically designated” for another purpose. Pro-life leaders maintained that any funds given to UNFPA for worthy programs and other regions nonetheless frees up funds for their China programs. Furthermore, carrying out noncontroversial, positive activities in another part of the world cannot offset participation in the most draconian population control program on the globe.
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