The only package pro-lifers cared about this Christmas was the budget reconciliation one. And thanks to the hard work of conservatives in the House and Senate, they got it! In the early evening yesterday, Americans celebrated the first major victory against Planned Parenthood and since the GOP took control of Congress.
After weeks of late nights and procedural gymnastics, the Senate delivered its most stinging rebuke of the president’s favorite twin pillars of policy: his signature healthcare law and favorite abortion business. With one more vote than they needed, the GOP is a small step away from sending the Restoring Americans’ Health Care Freedom Reconciliation Act to the president’s desk, where the responsibility for the failure of ObamaCare and nation’s complicity in abortion’s barbarism will ultimately rest.
For conservatives, it was the culmination of a five-year struggle to repeal what the Supreme Court twice sidestepped. But for pro-lifers, many of whom have been waiting their whole lives to see the end of taxpayers’ forced partnership with Planned Parenthood, the 52-47 vote was even sweeter. And while liberals will desperately try to minimize the significance of the moment, the vote was more than symbolic. For once, the president will have to answer for entangling America even deeper into the culture of death — by bankrolling an industry built on the backs on innocent unborn children and then through the government’s disaster of a health care takeover.
Even more importantly, the Senate will have created a powerful precedent in forcing these issues through reconciliation. If (or hopefully, when) America elects a conservative president, Congress will have blazed the trail for partially repealing ObamaCare and defunding Planned Parenthood through the budget process — and built a solid coalition for both in the meantime.
Of course, the victory wasn’t an easy one. As usual, the president’s party tried to throw a few wrenches into the vote-a-rama, offering two amendments that would have stripped the abortion funding language from the bill. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) had the clever idea of not only blocking the pro-life provision, but actually boosting abortion funding by $1,000,000,000. Under the Murray-Wyden Amendment, Democrats suggested rewarding groups like Planned Parenthood, despite the ongoing investigations into its baby parts-for-profit scheme.
Others tried, unsuccessfully, to tie the Colorado Springs shooting to this effort, suggesting that this was an unnecessary attack on “reproductive rights” — the sort that leads to tragedies like last week’s. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) dismantled the argument, explaining that the violence and Planned Parenthood’s funding were two separate issues. Common sense prevailed in a 54-46 vote that sank the amendment, thanks to the help of Democrat Joe Manchin (W.Va.).
Despite the defections of, Republicans stood in lock step with the American people, who firmly believe that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced by the government to partner with the abortion industry, especially a potentially criminally liable one. This is a huge victory for unborn children, their mothers, and for taxpayers. Even if the President vetoes the bill, we’ve still succeeded. Our hats go off to our friends in the movement, and to Republican leadership in both chambers for making yesterday’s vote possible.
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