I wrote earlier this week that “taxpayer funding of abortion is a sacred cow for the liberal left” and referred in that post to President Obama. It ruffled some feathers.
Today, with a government shutdown looming, Harry Reid -the leader of the Senate- once again confirms his fundamental commitment to this liberal ideology, even if it runs up against the best interests of the American people (and the unborn!). This from the Washington Post:
Congressional negotiators working through the night on a budget deal largely agreed to an amount of spending cuts, but their talks were stymied by two Republican policy provisions on abortion and the environment, increasing the likelihood of a government shutdown beginning this weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday morning.
“The numbers are basically there, but I am not nearly as optimistic — and that’s an understatement — as I was 11 hours ago,” Reid said. “The numbers are extremely close, and our differences are no longer over how much savings we get on government spending. The only thing holding up an agreement is ideology.
… The issue is ideology, not numbers.”
[Reid] said the talks are at an impasse over restrictions on abortion funding and changes to environmental regulations, which House Republicans want to be part of any budget deal.
Actually, it is about numbers, too. But Reid is right: it’s about ideology. And his ideology says that abortions in DC absolutely ought to be paid for by Americans like you and me. Why? Because the pro-abortion organizations have most Democrats in their pocket, and Democrats are scared to allow any sort of pro-life advances to be made, up to and including defunding the corrupt organization Planned Parenthood.
Remember – abortion funding streams in Obamacare was the final hurdle the Democrats had to overcome to pass their bad bill. Now Democrats are making the retention of abortion funding the final hurdle for Republicans to overcome in actually getting a bill to President Obama’s desk and thereby avoiding a government shutdown for a couple weeks.
What Harry Reid is blowing up over, however, is such a modest advance:
The legislative text reinstating the D.C. Hyde amendment (Dornan amendment) can be found in Section 359 on page 182 of H.R. 1363. This language would restore the Dornan amendment to ensure that no congressionally appropriated funds (whether locally or federally generated) may pay for abortion in the District of Columbia. The policy was in place from FY96-FY09. FY10 is the only year since FY96 that the D.C. Hyde Amendment was not attached to the Financial Services Appropriations Act.
In other words, with the lone exception of last year (when Democrats controlled Congress), every year since 1996 Congress has seen to it that no federal (taxpayer) funds go to paying for abortions in DC. Harry Reid’s “ideology” is a totally new idea, Congressionally speaking, because actually Democrats have a long history of supporting the Dornan Amendment.
But that’s a different story. In the meantime, let’s tell Reid to stop using his flawed ideology to trump life.
UPDATE: Joshua Mercer writes “Harry Reid voted for DC abortion ban TEN times.”
Guess how many times Joe Biden, Dick Durbin, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton -and yes- Barack Obama have voted for the DC abortion funding ban. (Find out.)