January 16, 2019
House Democrats don't think abortion should be rare -- they think it should be free! Apparently, that's the new majority's rallying cry in the lead-up to the 46th anniversary of the deadliest U.S. Supreme Court ruling in history. But don't expect it to be a popular one. Despite two years of pushing the party into some of the most radical terrain in Democratic history, liberals' position on the issue is a far cry from most voters'.
At a press conference announcing the Each Woman Act, the House Pro-Choice Caucus declared, "We're going to end the Hyde amendment." For Democrats, whose platform already encourages abortion-on-demand right up to the moment of birth, the push to topple the wall between taxpayers and the abortion industry is just another example of how out of touch Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) party is with most Americans. Just yesterday, the Knights of Columbus released their annual Marist Poll, showing that voters believe in regulating and reducing abortion -- not subsidizing it!
Regardless of whether they're "pro-choice" or "pro-life," Carl Anderson explains, "the majority of Americans in both parties -- support legal restrictions on abortion. Two-thirds of Americans want Roe revisited to allow for state regulation of abortion or to ban it altogether." That must not register with House Democrats, who vow to force every taxpayer to bankroll abortion-on-demand. "We cannot dictate from the halls of Congress what the best treatment is for any woman," argued Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). "That should be left to [women]..." So should the payment for any "treatment" that ends an innocent human life.
Standing next to Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Planned Parenthood's Leana Wen bemoaned the fact that abortion was "siloed, stigmatized, and attacked in a way that no other part of health care is." That's because, pro-lifers point out, abortion isn't health care! Of course, not only does the far-Left want abortion to be a routine medical procedure, it wants America to pay for the whole world's! As part of their Roe v. Wade "celebration," House Democrats are reintroducing their Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights Act, which would funnel taxpayer money overseas for abortions abroad -- an idea that's even more unpopular than overturning the Hyde amendment! Seventy-five percent of Americans -- including 56 percent of Democrats -- don't want to ship U.S. dollars to other countries to end babies' lives.
Fortunately, there's little chance they'll succeed at any of their agenda, thanks to President Trump and the Republican Senate. Even so, it ought to disgust people at how low some politicians will sink to protect one of the worst forms of violence in America. On the opposite side of the Capitol, Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) couldn't believe that this is actually the state of Democratic politics in America.
"The life of a child shouldn't be a partisan issue... It is my guess that anyone who disagrees with [me] has already tuned me out because as a culture, we don't want to think about this life. Because if for a moment we pause and consider that maybe she's really alive and has purpose and value, we would have to swallow hard and acknowledge the millions of little girls just like her that have died in abortions in America -- millions. And so to fight against having to deal with that, we just tune it out."
"I pray there is a day that we're not proud that we looked away from little girls and little boys and said, 'You're not human enough yet.'"
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.