House Republican Leader John Boehner was unyielding in his fight for pro-life protections during the Obamacare marathon. Boehner will announce today at a speech before the annual Right to Life Convention in Pittsburg a new bill that would ban all federal funding for abortion.
Excerpts from Boehner’s prepared remarks were obtained by HUMAN EVENTS.
“The American people — and a bipartisan majority in the House — supported the Stupak amendment, which would have prohibited taxpayer funding of abortion through the health care bill. [But] instead of heeding the will of the people and a bipartisan majority, [President Obama and Democratic leaders] crafted a disingenuous, last-minute executive order that they claimed eliminated the need for pro-life protections,” Boehner said in prepared remarks.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) co-authored an amendment that would have ensured no federal funding would be used to pay for abortions through the health care bill. The Hyde Amendment — the ban on federal funding for abortion through Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) appropriations — would also apply to Obamacare.
Stupak led a bloc vote that would have stopped the passage of the Obamacare bill, but folded when promised a non-binding executive order banning federal funding of abortion. The Stupak-Pitts amendment was stripped from the bill before final passage with Stupak’s consent.
“Pro-life America… doubted the administration’s sincerity — and with good reason,” Boehner said. “We’re three months into implementation of the new health care law — and as far as anyone can tell, the administration hasn’t lifted a finger to enforce the president’s executive order on abortion.”
Boehner will announce a new bill today that codifies “the Hyde Amendment so that it applies to all federal funding, whether those funds are appropriated by Congress or authorized by Congress.”
“Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey will be introducing legislation to accomplish this goal. I intend to be an original cosponsor of the bill,” Boehner said in prepared remarks. “And once it is introduced, I will call on Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer to bring it to an immediate vote. It’s time for Washington to stop defying the will of the American people on this critical, common-sense issue.”
A Rasmussen poll released in September, 2009, at the height of the Obamacare debate revealed only 13% of Americans favored using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
“I believe this must be the next objective for pro-life America. It’s clear from the health care debate that the American people don’t want their tax dollars paying for abortion, and a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives agrees. It’s the will of the people, and it ought to be the law of the land – right now,” Boehner said.