By Jill Stanek
Tuesday’s election garnered at least 53 new pro-life votes in the House. Conversely, only 151 winning House candidates were endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action, meaning just 34.7 percent of the 435 representatives in the 212th Congress will be reliable pro-abortion votes.
Ideologically, the incoming pro-lifers, all Republican, will mesh well with their solidly pro-life leadership (John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mike Pence, Kevin McCarthy, Thad McCotter, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, John Carter, and Pete Sessions).
Committee and chairperson appointments should reflect the Republican Party’s longstanding commitment to defend life, particularly appointments to the Appropriations and Energy and Commerce Committees.
In conjunction, I expect the funding stream initiated by the current Congress via healthcare and appropriations to Planned Parenthood, the United States’ largest abortion provider, to be turned off. Republicans have also promised to strip funding of Obamacare, which includes federal funding for abortions, while they work on repealing it.
Speaking of Planned Parenthood, I think Congressman Pence’s bill, the “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” which would ensure tax dollars don’t go to organizations that commit abortion, stands an excellent chance of passing the next session.
And speaking of repealing, one pro-life need that became pressingly clear through the fight over Obamacare was to codify the Hyde Amendment, which must be approved annually, into permanent law. The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” introduced by Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), would ensure a permanent government-wide ban on taxpayer funding of abortion.
Another action I anticipate the pro-life majority to take will be to restore the ban against locally and federally funded abortions in the District of Columbia, which was gutted by the Obama regime and current Congress. This may set up for the first showdown between Republicans and the President.
I hope the voting card constituents have given new strongly pro-life members will give current pro-abortion members pause to reconsider two looming pro-life concerns during the lame duck session: Their threat to permanently ban any president from instituting the Mexico City policy, which stops international abortion groups from getting U.S. funding, and their threat to turn military hospitals into abortion mills.
One opportunity the new pro-life Congress will have is addressing unsafe telemed abortions, wherein abortionists dispense RU-486 abortion pills via computer to patients sometimes hundreds of miles away.
Pro-lifers have the same sense as the rest of America: that Republicans are being granted a two-year probationary period to stand tall on their platform, both fiscally and socially, after they admittedly lost their way in the 2000s. I am confident the GOP establishment has gotten the message. With the surge of active pro-lifers stepping into Congress to bolster them, and also knowing the majority of Americans are now pro-life, I am optimistic they will do their best in their political capacities to protect the most innocent among us, preborn children.
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