House Puts Abortion Funding on ICE
Liberals are more than happy to welcome illegal immigrants to America--it's their unborn children they object to. Last week, Democrats tried to defend taxpayer-funded abortion as part of the long list of "perks" that detainees enjoy in Homeland Security's federal detention centers.
The issue boiled over last spring when the office of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tried to slip new guidelines past Congress that would have extended a host of benefits to illegal aliens that rival the average citizens'! And these aren't your garden variety detainees. Most of the immigrants in ICE's care are convicted criminals who were transferred out of prison, where they were serving time for other charges. Even so, the Left has fought to give these detainees the best care that (taxpayers') money can offer. Before FRC drew attention to the issue last March, ICE was even prepared to offer government-sponsored hormone therapy for transgenders!
Now, the same Homeland Security that claims it doesn't have enough money for detention beds is ready to finance abortions. As Rep. Hal Rodgers (R-Ky.) pointed out, "These are grim budget times. We don't have carte blanche for even our most important security programs." All the more reason, says Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), to put the brakes on ICE's abortion funding. Last Wednesday, Congressman Carter, Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, introduced language to stop the agency's $46 billion funding bill from getting bogged down with the President's radical social policy.
Under the Carter amendment, co-sponsored by our friends Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and Rep. Alan Nunnelee, (R-Miss.), Homeland Security would be barred from spending a single cent of government funding on abortion. The Committee passed a similar rider last year, but--like most appropriations measures--the abortion ban didn't carry over from the 2013 funding bill. A day after Rep. Carter offered the amendment, it passed: 25-21. Now it heads to the House floor--along with the rest of the 92-page budget. "I will always support and remain committed to preserving the sanctity of life," Carter vowed, "and as a committed member of the Pro-Life Caucus, I will continue to defend human life at all stages. The provision in this amendment will continue to ensure that federal taxpayer dollars will not fund abortion."
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, who never met an abortion debate it didn't like to distort, criticized the bill for denying access to immigrant abortions. In a press release, the country's biggest abortion cartel intentionally mischaracterized Carter's amendment, claiming that it "prevents immigrant women... from making extremely personal, medical decisions."
False. It only prevents taxpayers from funding those decisions. Women in ICE's custody are not only free to abort at outside clinics--they're assigned government "escorts" for the trip. All House leaders have done is bring Homeland Security in line with the other federal appropriations provisions that block taxpayer dollars for abortion. So it's more than a little ironic when Planned Parenthood complains, "Abortion has no business being debated as a part of a Homeland Security funding bill." We agree! In fact, abortion has no business being debated as part of any government funding bill. That's why FRC supports the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7 and S. 946), just introduced by Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. Roger Wicker. And if Planned Parenthood were sincere about women's health, they'd join us.
Pro-lifers Drive Debate with Mobile Ultrasounds
Thanks to the wonders of ultrasound technology, women considering abortion have the opportunity to see their child in the womb. It's the power of this visual tool that helps form a bond with the baby that often changes a mother's mind about abortion. Life-affirming pregnancy resource centers have been employing this technology for some time with great success--but sadly, many of the very women they wish to reach, for a variety of reasons, will not go or cannot go to a crisis pregnancy center.
ICU Mobile, the pioneer and leader of pro-life mobile ultrasound ministry, has been trying to change that by sending mobile medical ultrasound clinics to cities throughout the U.S. In fact, their "Fleet for Little Feet" is the fastest growing front line pro-life ministry in the country. Using a neutral medical brand and a non-judgmental, non-political and non-coercive approach, the effectiveness of their mobile teams is reaching more women, saving more lives from abortion, and sharing the good news of the Gospel.
Tomorrow, May 29, at noon, ICU Mobile Executive Director Michael Homula will share the history of this ministry and show its efficiency at changing hearts on abortion in a special FRC policy lecture, "GO Serve Women, GO Save Lives, GO Share Jesus: A Paradigm Shift in the Fight to End Abortion." Attend in person (801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.) or via live webcast by registering here.
Answer the Call 2 Fall!
There's no challenge in America too big for God. And based on the last several weeks of disappointments, that's a comforting thought. Whether it's the Boy Scouts losing their moral bearings or the Pentagon putting faith in the crosshairs, Christians everywhere should feel a new urgency to pray for our nation. Fortunately for us, God's power doesn't change with poll numbers or survey shifts. All He needs to revive America is a faithful army on its knees.
On June 30, FRC will be leading the nation in that cry of humble repentance in churches from coast to coast as part of Call2Fall. There's nothing fancy about it. All we ask is that you set aside some time during worship for your congregation to get on their faces before the Lord and ask Him to renew our land. As God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land."
Our founding fathers sensed the need for a "Call 2 Fall" in one of the most desperate chapters of our young history. In the midst of a bloody struggle with Britain, the First Continental Congress called for a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer throughout the Colonies on July 20th, 1775 just after war broke out. James Warren wrote Samuel Adams: Three millions of people on their knees at once, supplicating the aid of Heaven, is a striking circumstance, and a very singular one in America. May the blessings of Heaven follow in answer to our prayers... Join the over 1,498,000 people across this nation pledging to pray for America on June 5. Click here to let us know you're "in!"
** The fallout from the Boy Scouts' decision continues this week, as more Americans come to grips with the BSA's radical new direction. FRC's Peter Sprigg talks about the potential consequences in a joint column for USA Today, "Slippery Slope to Accepting Atheist Boy Scouts" and an op-ed for the Tampa Tribune, "Sexual Dis-orientation and the Boy Scouts."
*** Don't miss today's edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," as Craig Dance, President of Championship Coach, joins us to share his story of standing up for his Christian convictions, even though it cost his company a huge contract with CBS. Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) also stops by to discuss his goals for serving in Congress. Dr. Erwin Lutzer rounds out the program to talk about his new book, The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.