House Democrats want to do away with a ban on federal funding for abortion. At the same time, Senate Republicans are getting behind a bill that would make such a ban permanent.
"I believe that for the first time, maybe in our nation's history, we actually have a pro-choice majority in the U.S. House of Representatives," Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) said at a press conference covered by Washington Examiner. Democrats also want to fight any and all limits the Trump administration may put on contraception.
Steven Ertelt, editor of LifeNews, says it's not surprising to see Democrats going this route.
"The Democratic Party has had a platform for a while now of unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense," he explains. "Their first bill out of the gate when Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House once again included language that would force Americans to fund abortions and promoting the abortion agenda in other countries."
Pointing to a new Marist poll, Ertelt says a majority of Americans don't want to fund abortions.
"By a three-to-one margin, Americans oppose being forced to fund abortions and funding those abortions overseas," he says. "So people should pay attention to this, because this is what the Democratic Party wants – and this is really a telegraph of what their agenda would be if they take back control of the Senate and the White House."
In contrast, the Senate is set to vote today on a pro-life bill that would permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortions. The "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019" (S. 109) would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion, says LifeNews. S. 109 is sponsored by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).
Dignity, protection, love for every baby
In another demonstration of pro-life support in the upper chamber, more than three dozen U.S. senators have signed off on the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" (S. 220). Under this legislation, which is sponsored by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), a baby who survives an abortion would have to be treated like any other baby born alive, such as a premature child. That, says one pro-life leader, just makes sense.
"[If enacted, the bill] would say that if you are in the process of an abortion and the baby survives, the medical personnel or the people who are in the room have to do everything they can to make sure that that baby gets treatment necessary to remain alive," explains National Right to Life Committee president Carol Tobias. That includes an ambulance transfer to a hospital emergency room.
According to Tobias, there is plenty of evidence indicating that babies do survive abortions.
"We know of medical personnel who have come forward to say that they have seen babies in a hospital or some abortion facility where the baby is alive after the abortion and the baby is just pushed off to the side so that the baby dies from lack of care [and] from neglect," she tells OneNewsNow.
Then there is the notorious Philadelphia abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, who is serving two life prison sentences for killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spines with surgical instruments.