US House cuts foreign abortion funding from new budget, still funds Planned Parenthood by Calvin Freiburger for Life Site News
GNN Note – I give them credit for moving in the right direction, but there needs to be another push to eliminate the public funding of murder.
Congress is poised to pass another pair of omnibus spending bills this week, which will not contain an anticipated expansion of foreign abortion funding but will allow the abortion industry’s current federal funding to continue.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 208 to 138 Tuesday to approve a $1.4 trillion pair of spending bills to fund the federal government and avoid a government shutdown over the holidays. The Senate is expected to pass it as late as Friday, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) attempted to add language that would have provided almost $60 million to several U.S.-based foreign aid groups that list abortion as part of their core mission. This would have reversed one of Trump’s earliest pro-life acts – his restoration and expansion of the Mexico City Policy. Shaheen’s amendment failed to make it into the final version, however.
“We are pleased that the anti-life Shaheen Amendment has been eliminated from the State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said Tuesday. “We thank President Trump for his strong leadership, as well as Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Minority Leader McCarthy, Chairman Shelby, Ranking Member Granger, and all our pro-life allies for holding pro-abortion Democrats accountable. We trust that they will continue to stand against any effort to undermine President Trump’s pro-life policies.”
Republicans also blocked language that would have undermined Trump’s barring of Title X funds to organizations involved in abortions. But serious concerns remain about the deal’s overall spending and its impact on abortions.