On Thursday, the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives voted to fund the government and end the partial government shutdown without funding a border wall and with funding for abortions overseas. Seven House Republicans joined the Democrats to vote for that bill.
Those seven Republicans are:
Here’s why this vote was inexcusable from a pro-life perspective.
The Democrats added language into their funding bill that would repeal the Mexico City Policy, which requires foreign nongovernmental organizations to certify that they will not perform or promote abortions before receiving U.S. aid. As one of his first acts as president, President Donald Trump reinstated the policy after President Barack Obama had ended it. The policy keeps U.S. taxpayers from paying for abortions overseas, and Democrats want it to end.
The Democratic bill also increased spending by an additional $5 million for the United Nations Population Fund, which supports coercive abortions and involuntary sterilization in China.
Pro-life groups came out in strong opposition to the bill.
“A strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. She added that reversing the Mexico City policy 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.”
The House bill passed 241 – 190 and now heads to the Senate, where Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised any bill that President Trump does not support is dead on arrival. So it remains to be seen if the final compromise bill that funds the government includes these morally bankrupt abortion policies.
There’s an important point to be made about those seven House Republicans who voted for the Democrat bill. This is why the Democratic Party is so successful at defeating conservative policies while the Republican party is dysfunctional. Even in the minority, Democrats were uniformly opposed to Trump’s immigration policies. Even after he won the 2016 election, not one “moderate” Democrat crossed party lines to support the wall or increased border security — even though Democrats once supported those policies. But Republicans can’t even rally around the conservative parts of Trump’s agenda completely.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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