Sunday, January 25, 2015

House Passes Bill Prohibiting Federal Funds Being Used for Abortions

Thousands participate in the antiabortion March for Life past 
the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on Thursday. 
Photo: Reuters
More Contentious 20-Week Ban Pulled by GOP Leaders, Causing Rift in Party
Some female Republican and centrist lawmakers helped scuttle a vote on a controversial measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, prompting the House on Thursday to pass a separate, largely symbolic bill that would further restrict federal funding to pay for abortions.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (R-CA),  speaks duringnews 
conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on 
Wednesday, alongside women's health advocates. AP
The last-minute scramble laid bare a rift within the Republican Party and highlighted its delicate relationship with an issue that ties the GOP to social conservatives. Republicans want to show their commitment to curbing abortions without turning off women voters who hold mixed views on the procedure.
Thursday’s House vote was timed to coincide with antiabortion activists’ March for Life annual gathering on the National Mall, as well as the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a woman’s right to an abortion.
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) spoke in support of the bill 
on the House floor Thursday. Photo: South Bend Tribune/AP
The bill approved Thursday, which would ban the use of federal funds to pay for abortions or health-insurance plans that cover abortion, passed 242-179. There are already bans in place on using most federal funds for abortion. One Republican, Rep. Richard Hanna of New York, voted against the bill.
The White House said President Barack Obama would likely veto it.
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