House Committee Votes to Lift Ban on Public Funding of Abortion in DC

by | Jul 9, 2009 | Congress, Life, Obama, Politics

Did you see this headline?

NARAL Pro-Choice America Praises House Committee for Voting to Lift D.C. Abortion Ban

You might be hard pressed to find this reported in the MSM…

President Obama called for a repeal of the Dornan Amendment in his proposed budget and last month, the house subcommittee approved it. The Dornan Amendment is a provision in effect for most of the last 20 years that prohibits both federal and local funds from being used for abortions in the District of Columbia. Due to this drastic change allowing public funds to pay for abortions in D.C., pro-life members from both parties of the House Appropriations Committee put forth an amendment to the Budget which would have reinstated the Dornan Amendment.

Late Tuesday night, a bipartisan vote struck down the Amendment, thus allowing public funding of abortion in D.C. in alignment with the President’s wishes. There is only one more slight chance of stopping this change before it is permanently added to the federal budget.

Even though President Obama has stated he wants to reduce the need and number of abortions and find common ground on the issue of Life, he has once again taken very public and firm action against Life. How can the President, without any shame, claim to want to reduce the number of abortions, and then ask for and permit the governmental funding of abortions?

“More than 40 percent of all pregnancies in the District of Columbia already end in abortion. In fact, Washington, DC has one of the highest abortion rates in the country. President Obama is on record as saying he wants to reduce the number of abortions. Removing restrictions on its funding will do nothing to achieve that goal, but will likely increase the number of abortions performed in the District of Columbia.”

“No lawmaker or Administration can support such a policy change and still claim to support ‘reducing abortions.’ The evidence is overwhelming, and universally recognized by groups on all sides of the abortion issue, that the availability of public funds for abortion greatly increases abortions.” Excerpts from “Cardinal Rigali Writes House Opposing DC Abortion Funding”

Please visit House Committee Defeats Amendment to Stop Obama’s Tax-Funded Abortions in DC, The SBA List and One Nation Under God for more details on how to stop this travesty next week.


Lisa Henley Jones