Pro-life movement gets huge victory in U.S. House of Representatives

With a huge bipartisan majority in the United States House of Representatives tonight, the "Protect Life Act", H.R. 358, passed by a margin of 251-172.  Led by the Co-Chairman of the bipartisan House Pro-life Caucus, Democrat Congressman Dan Lipinski from Illinois, 14 other Democrats voted for the pro-life legislation to ensure no taxpayer dollars are used to fund abortions.
 
The 15 pro-life Democrats are:  Jason Altmire (PA); Sanford Bishop (GA); Dan Boren (OK); Jerry Costello (IL); Mark Critz (PA); Henry Cueller (TX); Joe Donnelly (IN); Tim Holden (PA); Dan Lipinski (IL);  Jim Matheson (UT); Mike McIntyre (NC); Collin Peterson (God's Country); Nick Rahall (WV); Mike Ross (AR) and former Deadskins quarterback Heath Shuler (R-NC.)
 
The two pro-abortion Republicans who voted against the pro-life bill were Judy Biggert from the 13th Congressional District in Illinois and Richard Hanna from the 24th Congressional District of New York.  It is obvious from this that virtually all the pro-abortion Republicans have resigned or have been defeated by pro-life Republicans in the primaries. 
 
The Chairman of the House Values Action Team and the Health Subcommittee Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congressman Joe Pitts, R-PA said following the vote: "As recently as last year, a survey revealed that 67 percent of Americans support a ban on abortion funding. But, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act failed to include this prohibition, and that is why we are here today. President Obama indicated his support for upholding the ban on federal funding for abortion in health reform, and that is exactly what the Protect Life Act does."
 
House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) stated after the vote today: "Today, House Republicans upheld our pledge to honor the concerns of the majority of Americans and ensure that no hard-earned taxpayer dollars are used for abortions."
 
The balance of the two press releases are directly below:

 

Upton, Pitts Welcome House Passage of Protect Life Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today welcomed strong bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358. The bill, authored by Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), was approved by the House by a vote of 251-172. The Protect Life Act prohibits federal funding of abortions and abortion coverage under the health care law and provides conscience protection for health care professionals. The language is consistent with the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts amendment adopted by the House in 2009.

Pitts said, ”As recently as last year, a survey revealed that 67 percent of Americans support a ban on abortion funding. But, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act failed to include this prohibition, and that is why we are here today. President Obama indicated his support for upholding the ban on federal funding for abortion in health reform, and that is exactly what the Protect Life Act does.”

Upton remarked, “I commend Chairman Pitts for his leadership on this important issue. The health care law contains numerous loopholes that allow federal subsidies to be used to purchase plans that pay for abortion. Today, the House fulfilled an important commitment in the Pledge to America, and respected the will of the majority of Americans who do not want their tax dollars used to fund abortions. I applaud my colleagues in the House for their support on this important legislation, and I urge the Senate to follow our lead to ensure Americans are not forced to subsidize abortions."

 

Price Statement on the Protect Life Act

Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 358 – the Protect Life Act – to ensure no taxpayer dollars are used to fund abortions.
 
“Today, House Republicans upheld our pledge to honor the concerns of the majority of Americans and ensure that no hard-earned taxpayer dollars are used for abortions. This is a fundamental step in our efforts to protect the sanctity of life,” said Chairman Price.  “Within the President’s health care law are loopholes inconsistent with the will of the American people that will allow for taxpayer funding of abortion services.  That our Democrat colleagues refused to include a true ban on taxpayer funding of abortions in the final draft of their health care law speaks to the fundamental flaws in their entire approach.  As we continue our efforts for a full repeal of ObamaCare, it is essential that we ensure no taxpayer dollars are used in this manner.”

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