Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and other Senate Dems have tried to turn an appropriations bill into a permanent repeal of pro-life law.
Under Lautenberg’s language, the US would agree to send millions of dollars to international groups that provide abortion services. For years, Presidents have batted the issue back and forth, starting with Ronald Reagan, who first issued the Mexico City Policy to turn off the funding spigots to overseas organizations who promote abortion as “family planning.” He understood that the best way to reduce abortions is by cutting off the money to abortion organizations.
Unfortunately, President Clinton disagreed. When he took office, he overturned the policy, which kicked off a pattern of repealing and reinstating that’s been repeated by Democratic and Republican Presidents right up to Barack Obama. Since the Mexico City Policy isn’t law, its fate has always been determined by the Oval Office. Lautenberg’s amendment would change all that. His measure would make it impossible for a pro-life President to trump the law with an executive order. As far as the Left is concerned, this amendment would guarantee that “this backwards policy never returns and protects access to family planning services for some of the world’s poorest women.”
Before heading out of town for Memorial Day, he managed to persuade enough members of the Appropriations Committee to pass his amendment 18-12. On the bright side, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) sided with the GOP. It’s just too bad that a trio of RINO Republicans, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), couldn’t find the backbone to join him.
The good news is that the House Appropriations Committee voted down a similar amendment 23-27 last week. If Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) comments are any indication, the two sides are setting up a major collision on the overall legislation if this issue isn’t resolved. “The House will not accept this,” he said. “It will take the bill off into a ditch.”
That’s exactly where it belongs!!!
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***Ed Randazzo, is a nationally syndicated author. He has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media and Co-Producer of Liberty Today, a weekly television program seen on cable systems in most of South Dakota***