House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) vowed Monday to leverage the “biggest and the most pro-life freshman class in memory” to institute a “permanent government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion.”
Cantor told the tens of thousands of anti-abortion protesters in town for the annual March for Life event that the legislation faces “an uphill battle in the Senate and in the White House,” but that “the people’s House will stand unapologetically for life.”
“Now the tide has turned,” Cantor said. “Thanks to your support last November, there’s a new majority in town.”
About a dozen lawmakers addressed the crowd for the annual protest that marks the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision on abortion. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, was the first to speak. He vowed to press forward with his bill that establishes a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for healthcare plans that cover abortion.
“We need your help in persuading the abortion president, who put abortion in ObamaCare — not withstanding a flawed executive order — to get this legislation passed,” Smith said.
That’s the House Majority Leader saying that. This is happening NOW.
And not just the House, but the Senate too! (Normally the Senate is more liberal than the House)
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said he’d introduce legislation Tuesday that establishes in law that human life begins at conception. Wicker argues that the Supreme Court did not tie the hands of Congress in its Roe vs. Wade decision, because its decision left unresolved the question of when life begins and explicitly acknowledged that if “personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”
The bill currently has five co-sponsors — Republican Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.) — with more expected to join after the bill is formally introduced. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) introduced companion legislation in the House last week.“We’re here today to say we’re not going to abandon the fight [against abortion],” Wicker said. “Sometimes it’s defensive in nature, and heavens knows we’ve had a lot to defend against in the last two or three years. … Tomorrow we take an offensive, and I like that a lot better.”
The neat thing about Eric Cantor is that he is JEWISH. It is so good to have Jewish pro-lifers in positions of leadership!
More pro-life Republicans
John Boehner: (Speaker of the House!)
Ann Marie Buerkle:
I keep telling you guys – vote Republican. Now you know why I keep telling you to vote Republican.
There are SERIOUS social conservatives in the Republican party. They are NOT just FISCAL conservatives, awesome as that may be. And NOT just FOREIGN POLICY hawks, although that is undoubtedly awesome. There are deep social conservatives in the Republican party who might even be to the right on Scott Klusendorf on abortion, and to the right of Jennifer Roback Morse on marriage. I am not kidding.
These new Republicans are not casual about social conservatism, and not even the libertarian Tea Party ones like Rand Paul. And there are SO MANY of them that JUST GOT elected in the November elections. That’s why that they can do things like this. They more of them we elect, the more we will see bills like this.
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