January 24, 2017
Abortion isn't health care. But try telling that to the Left. After President Trump pulled the plug on the millions of dollars our government sends to abortion groups overseas, liberals pitched a predictable fit. They called it "dangerous," "uncompassionate," a path back to "coat hanger medicine." As usual, liberals have all the makings for a good soundbite. The only problem is the truth is missing. Believe it or not, America is making the same amount of money available to international family planning today as yesterday. The only difference is, those dollars will be redirected to organizations whose only answer to women's health care questions isn't taking the life of an innocent unborn child. Instead, they provide the comprehensive care that so many of the world's women desperately need.
Still, that didn't stop House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from blasting Trump for "[returning] us to a disgraceful era that dishonored the American values of free speech and inflicted untold suffering on millions of women around the world." The only people who are suffering in this world are the ones who were swept up in the culture of death paid for by America's biggest export under Obama: abortion dollars. If anything, Donald Trump has done millions of women a favor by giving them the benefit of honest, legitimate health care providers who haven't been caught up in a net of scandal, fraud, deception, and medical manipulation. While liberals howled over the phony crisis Trump's decision created, pro-life groups cheered the first major brick laid in the wall separating taxpayers from abortion.
"I think the reinstatement of this policy is not just something that echoes that value, but respects taxpayer funding as well, and ensures that we're standing up not just for life of the unborn, but for also taxpayer funds that are being spent overseas to perform an action that is contrary to the values of this president." The day had been a long time coming for tireless champions like Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who hopes this is just the beginning. "With this compassionate executive order, President Trump has turned the page from a sad chapter in his predecessor's legacy and has already started to make good on his promises to the millions of pro-life Americans that helped him ascend to this office." And unlike past executive orders, this one applies -- not just to the State Department's programs but all federal agencies.
For the new administration, it wasn't just the right decision, it was the popular one. In a new Marist poll released yesterday, Americans overwhelmingly support President Trump's move to defund abortion groups -- even more so abroad (83 percent). Among some of the key findings:
"Almost six in ten Americans expressed 'moral objections' to abortion, including 59 percent of political Independents, 63 percent of African-Americans, 62 percent of Latinos, and even 40 percent of Democrats. Half of Millennials said abortion was 'morally wrong.' Half of respondents said abortion 'does more harm than good' to a woman's life in the long-term, including more Millennials (44 percent) who said it does than who said it improves a woman's life (40 percent)."
What's more, the survey found that just because someone is "pro-choice" doesn't mean they're anti-restriction. "Seventy-four percent of Americans -- including 54 percent who identify as pro-choice -- are in favor of 'significant restrictions' on abortion." And that crosses all racial and political lines. In that case, people everywhere should have been thrilled with the House's passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act earlier today. The victory is an enormous one -- not just for Americans, but for the unborn.
If Republicans succeed, pro-lifers would make the Hyde Amendment permanent across government lines. Gone would be the days of the messy budget fights, where this same provision had to be debated on every bill. While the House passed this bill in the last session, conservative leaders finally sent the bill to the Senate with a pro-life president looking on. You can help them push it across the finish line! Contact your senators and urge them to finish the work the House started.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.