Aborting unborn babies is a hill to die on for Democrats.
They will fight tooth-and-nail to stop conservatives from ending the practice of abortion-on-demand.
But thanks to the results of the November election, President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican congress are on the verge of dealing a serious blow to the abortion lobby.
In 2015, the Republican controlled House and Senate used the procedure known as ‘reconciliation’ to send a bill that both repealed ObamaCare and stripped Planned Parenthood of all its $500 million in taxpayer funding to Barack Obama’s desk.
He vetoed that piece of legislation.
But Donald Trump will be President beginning on January 20th, and the pro-life movement believes the stars are aligned to finally end the practice of forcing taxpayers to fund the horrors committed at Planned Parenthood clinics across America.
“…But with Trump in the White House next year, conservatives say it’s just a matter of time before a defunding bill becomes law.
“The entire movement is poised for a victory,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an advocacy group that opposes abortion. “We have every assurance [from congressional leaders] that it’s going to happen. Nobody is saying ‘whether,’ the question is ‘when.’”
If successful, this latest push would be the single biggest victory for anti-abortion groups in years, and likely the first step in a broader agenda aimed at sharply curtailing abortion procedures. Federal law already bars Planned Parenthood from using taxpayer funds for abortions — the group uses the money for family planning and other health services. But anti-abortion groups insist the funding facilitates abortion by freeing up other funds for abortion services.”
Trump campaigned on one of the most pro-life platforms of any GOP nominee in recent memory.
Not only did he commit to defunding Planned Parenthood, but he also returned the National Pro Life Alliance candidate survey at100%.
That put him on the record of supporting the Life at Conception Act which would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Trump was also the rare GOP presidential candidate who said he would appoint Supreme Court Justices who would overturn the controversial 1973 decision which allowed for legalized abortion across America.
Other pro-life priorities include federal legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks and making permanent the Hyde Amendment which bans taxpayer funding for abortion.
But taking on the abortion lobby starts with defunding Planned Parenthood.
Because the GOP included defunding Planned Parenthood in a reconciliation bill that also repealed ObamaCare, Republicans only need a simple majority to pass the bill, as opposed to rounding up 60 votes to break an expected Democrat filibuster.
Since Republicans used this tactic last year, pro-life activists expect the strategy to be repeated.
“This went through last year so I have no doubt that pro-life Republicans are going to be pushing it through again,” Tobias said. “There would be no reason not to, especially now that Planned Parenthood is talking about the new donations they’ve gotten” after the election.
Dannenfelser says anti-abortion groups will woo Democrats, particularly those hailing from conservative states who are up for reelection in 2018. Two Democrats — Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana — have voted to defund Planned Parenthood in stand-alone bills in the past. But both voted against Obamacare repeal in 2015. Though Susan B. Anthony List has helped elect many Republican senators, Dannenfelser said her group would consider endorsements of Manchin and Donnelly if they vote with Republicans on Planned Parenthood and other abortion-related issues.”
Will Republicans make good on their promise to defund Planned Parenthood?
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