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Dems: Leave No Abortion Behind

By: Daniel Horowitz | March 11th, 2015

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You have to admire the Democrats.  They fight for their beliefs – no matter how morally bankrupt those beliefs are.

It’s one thing to be pro-abortion; it’s another thing to obsess over ‘leaving no abortion funding behind’ – to the extent that they will block a bipartisan victims rights bill.

After capitulating on just about every important piece of legislation, Republicans were desperate to move onto a non-controversial bill to appease the Beltway desire of governing, thereby attracting the much-coveted Democrat support.  They decided to proceed with a bill targeting human trafficking.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), among other things, strengthens law enforcement tools for prosecuting human trafficking violations and requires those convicted of trafficking to pay a $5,000 penalty in addition to criminal charges.  The funds would be used to set up programs supporting victims of sex offenses and human trafficking.

Sound simple enough?

Well, Democrats are now blocking efforts to proceed with this bill. 

Democrats are feigning outrage over a provision, frequently included in appropriations bills, known as the “Hyde amendment,” which prohibits any funding for the program helping trafficking victims to be used for abortion services.  Harry Reid announced that he and fellow Democrats will block the bill unless abortion funding is re-instated for the human trafficking program!

Yes, you read that right. He is blocking the entire trafficking bill because there is no taxpayer funding for abortions in a human trafficking program!

As the sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) noted that this bill has been posted online since January 13 with the full legislative text, including the abortion provision.  The bill has 20 Democrat co-sponsors and it passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee without any dissent.  But this is not stopping Democrats from exhibiting their petulant behavior.   

Obviously, this demonstrates a new level of Democrat mendacity.  It’s one thing to be pro-abortion; it’s another thing to obsess over ‘leaving no abortion funding behind’ – to the extent that they will block a bipartisan victims rights bill.

But there are two ancillary points that are worth pointing out here, one of which sheds light on the other.

Look at how committed Democrats are to their beliefs.  It’s hard not to be jolted by the imagery of Harry Reid, who is barely mobile as a result of a serious accident, standing up at a press conference threatening to shut down the Senate and block a sexual assault bill over taxpayer funding for abortion.  And this comes on the heels of getting crushed in the midterm elections.

This leads to the second observation: Republican obsequiousness to every wish and whim of Obama and their self-expressed desperation to govern with Democrat support has emboldened this level of ferocity from Democrats.  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) raised the following question on the Senate floor:  


When you wear a sign that says: “kick me,” it will invite your opponent to do just that.

The answer is quite simple, senator.  When you wear a sign that says: “kick me,” it will invite your opponent to do just that.  Conservative Review warned during the DHS funding battle that by telegraphing a message of inexorable capitulation on every issue, Democrats have now learned that all they need to do is block the motion to proceed on any bill and Republicans will cave – no matter how egregiously Democrats conduct themselves or how much the public supports the Republican position.

A submissive and conciliatory GOP will continue to embolden an already truculent Democrat Party.  This same dynamic will continue to unfold over the next two years unless Republicans begin holding their ground on funding battles and nominees.  Sadly, that is not in the plans of Sen. Hatch and dozens of his colleagues.   

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