We have a moral obligation to defend the weakest among us, especially those who can’t defend themselves. Protecting life is fundamental to our character as a nation and the preservation of our most basic rights.
And we must always be vigilant. Next year, we will use the reconciliation process to stop taxpayer dollars from going to abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, as we investigate allegations of the horrific harvesting of children’s organs and the handling of infant lives. And in the upcoming appropriations bill, the House looked for every opportunity to preserve and increase the protections of human life. These victories don’t achieve everything we wanted, but they do set the stage for even more progress in the years to come. The House will:
- For the first time, ban the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetic modification of human embryos (such as creating three-parent embryos)
- Achieve a new funding reduction for the U.N. Population Fund by $2.5 million despite fierce Democrat opposition
- Preserve all existing pro-life riders, including conscience protections and the Hyde amendment that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion
- Maintain pro-life riders on state and foreign operations like the Tiahrt, Helms, and Kemp-Kasten amendments
- Ban the Legal Service Corporation—an independent nonprofit established by Congress—from participating in any abortion-related litigation
- Ban abortion funding for federal prisoners
- Prohibit Washington, D.C. from using federal or local funds to provide abortions
- Prohibit the use of funds for abortion in the Federal Employee Health Program
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented on the House’s pro-life legislation, saying:
“It has been an eye-opening year for the cause of life in America, and we have made significant gains in defending our youngest and most vulnerable. This year, the House passed bills to ban the taxpayer funding of abortion and to stop abortions 20 weeks after conception. Next year, we will vote to defund Planned Parenthood through the reconciliation process in response to the sickening videos showing a complete disregard for human life. With other provisions in this spending bill, the House is taking concrete steps forward to protect as many as we can. We have a lot more work to do, but we will always fight to save as many children as possible.”
Simply put, no human life is expendable. Life is a miracle that should be celebrated, enjoyed, and, above all, protected.