Yesterday’s debate on The Protect Life Act (HR 358) brought abortion to the forefront of American politics once again. For over three hours, House members from both sides of the aisle argued the merit of The Protect Life Act, which would end taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare and also provide extra conscience protection for healthcare workers under the new law. The discussion ended with a 251-172 vote in favor of the bill.
The pro-abortion Democratic members of Congress made many objections to HR 358. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed that the bill would allow for women to “die on hospital floors.” Other members of her party called the bill an “assault on women’s rights”. One member even called the bill “misogynist”. For hours, Democrats went to the floor of the U.S. House to defend taxpayer funding for abortion, falsely claiming that the bill would hurt women.
On the Republican side of the aisle, many members stood strongly for Life. Led by Rep. Viriginia Foxx (R-NC), pro-life Republicans pointed out that 77% of Americans agree that taxpayer dollars should not be spent on abortion coverage. They pointed out that the bill does include exceptions in extreme medical circumstances, and that it simply protected pro-life doctors from being forced to perform abortions. Most importantly, Republicans in Congress pointed out that we must value every human life, born or unborn.
Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) remained on the House floor for most of the debate, and successfully defended HR 358 against false attacks. In response to a claim that the bill was “misogynist”, Representative Foxx said, “Nobody has ever fought more for the rights of women than I have. Fifty percent of the unborn babies that are being aborted are females. So the misogyny comes from those that promote the killing of unborn babies.”
In 2010, Bart Stupak, Steve Driehaus, and other so-called pro-life Representatives betrayed the unborn, their constituents, and those of us who are genuine fighters for the cause. As a result, Obamacare was allowed to pass with provisions to cover insurance plans that cover abortion. Millions of pro-life Americans were shocked not only by the provisions of the bill, but by the dishonest nature in which the bill was passed.
More than any other action so far, last night’s vote marked a distinct change between the pro-abortion Pelosi Congress and the pro-life Boehner Congress. Not only did this Congress prove that it is dedicated to protecting human life; they proved that they will do so with honesty.
To see clips of our pro-life rock stars in the House, click on the links below!
Michael Burgess (R-TX) Part One
Christopher Smith (R-NJ) Part One