In the first day of the new 2019 Congress, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are planning on restoring funding to Planned Parenthood and other various abortion groups. This provision, in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 and written by House Democrats, will restore the ability of foreign countries to use foreign aid in providing and advertising abortion services.
This Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote on a spending bill in hopes of ending the government shutdown.
This defunding was one of President Trump’s first act as President, when he stripped International Planned Parenthood, among others, of their ability to put funding towards abortions. If the Democrats are successful in abolishing the federal funding requirements for abortion agencies, it will break President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance. This requires any NGO that receives federal funding from the United States to agree that they won’t “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”
This is not the only controversial provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, as the bill will also increase funding to the United Nations Population Fund by $5 million.
The United Nations Population Fund, whose parent group is the United Nations, is a reproductive health organization that also completes abortions. Pro-life organizations as well as the Trump administration, have both taken stances against the group. The Trump administration defunded the group in April 2017, saying that it “supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”
Many lawmakers have come out against the House bill, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio saying that there is no need to worry because there is “no chance” the bill will actually become law.
“Apparently, Democrats in their first day as the House majority intend on pushing divisive, pro-abortion policies that would allow taxpayer dollars to flow to international organizations that promote and perform abortions,” Rubio wrote. “This is nothing more than far-left wing theater as these policies have no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President.”
The House is also voting on a second spending bill on Thursday, which works as a temporary resolution to allow the government to keep running until February 8.
The government, which is now on day 18 of being shut down, is looking for a resolution so that business can resume as usual. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., along with other Republicans, are vowing not to let the resolution pass.
“The legislation that House Democrats are reportedly planning to introduce would not be a serious contribution to these negotiations. It isn’t comprehensive. It ignores the needs of border security,” McConnell wrote in a statement. “It’s exactly the kind of proposal you’d expect if the incoming House Democrats were choosing to stage a political sideshow rather than do the hard work of helping to govern the country. A total non-starter.”
“Will these new Democrats come to Washington ready to roll up their sleeves, work together, and make laws?” McConnell asked. “Or are they going to waste time on partisan show votes that will do nothing to move the country forward? That’s the question: Political performance art or responsible governance? We’ll get an early signal in the next few days.”
Many others are speaking out in opposition to the proposed budget by House Democrats, including Majorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization, Susan B. Anthony List.
“On day one of the new Congress, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are already trying to foist a radical pro-abortion agenda on the nation,” Dannenfelser declared. “A strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. Acting on the clearly expressed will of the American people, President Trump and his administration have taken a bold stand for life by stopping billions of dollars in foreign aid from being used to push abortion overseas.”
Dannenfelser also added that the bill would make taxpayers “complicit in the exportation of abortion and destruction of countless unborn children around the world.”
“This is unconscionable and we oppose the bill in the strongest terms,” she added.
H/T: The Christian Post