House Minority Leader John Boehner spent his weekend being lauded by the National Right to Life convention for his opposition to health care reform. Boehner, a Republican from Ohio and staunch anti-abortion supporter, was called a “a faithful defender of unborn children, disabled persons and seniors whose right to life may be jeopardized,” under a plan to allow everyone to have access to health insurance.
“Boehner has been an active supporter of a number of successful pro-life efforts over the years.
“He has been a major impediment to the advance of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid pro-abortion agenda,” [NRLC co-director Darla St. Martin] said. “Boehner relentlessly used his office to attempt to thwart” the massive abortion funding in the health care bill and he used the “sheer force of his his as he confronted Pelosi and other pro-abortion leaders” on the legislation.
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“Not a single one of the 178 House Republicans voted for that deadly pro-abortion Obamacare bill,” thanks to Boehner, St. Martin added. “On behalf of every pro-lifer here and across America, we thank you John Boehner.”
Rep. Boehner had some very glowing words for the NRLC in return. Via The Corner:
To be recognized by those who have devoted their lives to defending life is a true badge of honor. Truly awe-inspiring. I’m humbled, and inspired, by your confidence in me.
I never sought to be recognized as a leader of the movement. Never wore my pro-life credentials on my sleeve.
I was what you might call a quiet warrior. I just voted for what I thought was right, and stood up for what I thought was right, like all of you do every day.
But over the past few years, I’ve been compelled to raise my voice; to speak out a little more loudly.
You invited me here to give me an award, and I gratefully accept it. But let’s be clear: the true leaders are sitting out there in the crowd right now. What I do matters less than what you do.
Rep. Boehner then followed up by announcing that this week will be a push to institutionalize and expand the national Hyde Amendment, banning any federal funds from being used at all in abortion coverage. The Hill reports:
House Minority Leader John Boehner intends to press Democratic leaders to vote on a bill to ban federal funding of abortions.
The Ohio Republican told anti-abortion activists gathered at the 40th annual National Right To Life Convention (NRLC) on Saturday that he will co-sponsor a measure to ensure taxpayer dollars don’t fund abortions.
“Codifying the Hyde Amendment so that it applies to all federal funding, whether those funds are appropriated by Congress or authorized by Congress” has traction with individuals participating in the GOP’s new effort to solicit ideas from the public, Boehner said to the crowd of nearly 1,000 on the third day of their convention in Pittsburgh.
NRLC honored Boehner on Saturday as “Legislator of the Year 2010.”
Is it just another promise to an anti-choice activist group hungry to try and regain power, or could it be what many of us feared when reproductive rights unraveled before our eyes during healthcare reform, and Hyde will not only become permanent but much, much stricter? In the Blog Briefing Room, The Hill states:
Boehner said his party will push for an expansion of the Hyde Amendment–which bans use of certain Medicaid funds from paying for abortion–to cover all federal funding with no exceptions.
Such an expansion would be devastating to those states, such as Minnesota, that do allow Medicaid and other funding to be used due to state Supreme Court intervention and other means.
Rep. Boehner touts in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that expanding Hyde is “the will of the people”:
“I believe this must be the next objective for pro-life America. It’s clear from the health care debate that the American people don’t want their tax dollars paying for abortion, and a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives agrees. It’s the will of the people, and it ought to be the law of the land – right now,” he said.
Seems like he may only be listening to a certain set of “the people” these days.
Mini Roundup: In honor of National HIV Testing Day, a pastor take an HIV test in church to encourage his congregation to get tested, and a letter writer nails why it’s impossible to be a anti-choice feminist.
June 25, 2010
Epidemic played large role in shift of attitudes on abortion, author says – Genetic Engineering News
Abortion as genocide group regains club status – National Post
Andy Dillon courts voters who’ve had it with politics as usual – Detroit Free Press
Abortion rights advocate protests, then joins Right to Life convention – Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Abortion and Excommunication: An EZ Cartoon Lesson 4 Kidz – Politics Daily
Probe of rural Iowa system for dispensing abortion pills is urged – DesMoinesRegister.com
UK doctors: fetus can’t feel pain before 24 weeks – The Associated Press
When personal beliefs on abortion cross the line – Washington Post
NJ Democrats set stage for battle with Gov. Christie about family planning … – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
Clinic to offer abortion services – Omaha World-Herald
Approve Reproductive Health Act – Ithaca Journal
Sex Education in Schools Now Includes Elementary School Condoms and Middle … – Associated Content
Should the pill be available over the counter? – The Week Magazine
Can a Male Birth Control Pill Save the Environment? – Green Prophet
Letters: Attack on Planned Parenthood unwarranted – Appleton Post Crescent
Free family planning service benefits thousands – Republica
Restore funding for family planning; it’s a matter of health – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
Childless by choice – Salon
Silence Still Equals Death – Huffington Post
Bar operators launch STI/HIV/AIDS Prevention Project – Ghana News Agency
Obama urges all Americans to get tested for AIDS/HIV – CCN News Online
Assam proposes cancer vaccines for class IX girl students – Samachar Today
NY forum tackles women’s problems worldwide: sexual exploitation, HIV-positive … – The Canadian Press
The New Abortion Wars – CounterPunch
June 26, 2010
National abortion foes strategize to oust backers of reform – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Letter: Feingold is pro-abortion – Herald Times Reporter
The Bishops’ Fig Leaf – Huffington Post
Retired educator has spent 20 years battling abortion – Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Abortion foes, gun fans seek a place at Texas Democratic convention – Dallas Morning News
Research deals blow to anti-abortion lobby – ABC Online
Challenge of remote abortion pill system – Chicago Tribune
Unborn baby cannot feel pain before abortion limit: report – Telegraph.co.uk
What abortion fight? – Globe and Mail
Speaker for Life – National Review Online
Abortion hotline in Pakistan faces violent opposition – Independent
Paul Vallely: Better an abortion than a mass grave? – Independent
Kagan on Life: As Radical as They Come – FOXNews
Lawmaker promises pro-life bill – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Pill, Over the Counter? – New York Times
Boy preference lingers, alarming imbalance in central Vietnam – VietNamNet Bridge
Changes to Guidelines for Contraceptive Use Could Compromise a Woman’s Ability … – Health News – HealthCanal.com
CDC has contraception advice for some ill women – Southeast Missourian
State media gets down to rescuing dying mothers – Daily Times
June 27, 2010
Abortion in Wales a ‘postcode lottery’ – WalesOnline
Abortion debate rages on and on – Evansville Courier & Press
Anti-abortion activists predict legislative gains – Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Bishops conference clarifies abortion stance – Arizona Republic
Abortion trial without precedent – The Australian
CRR Legal Analysis of Kagan’s Abortion Rights Record – Docuticker
Experts question challenge to Neb. abortion ban – Action 3 News
Experts question challenge to Neb. abortion ban – Beatrice Daily Sun
Study Finds Questioning of Nominees to Be Useful – New York Times
Anti-abortion group backs Childers for MS-01 – Yall Politics
HIV: focus on children – Times LIVE
Blood test to predict fertility loss – ABC Online
Nation celebrates HIV Testing Day – News14.com
For Inmates, HIV Testing Should Make an Impact – New York Times
Canada Calls for Billions More In G8 Aid For Maternal Health – Voice of America
Maternal mortality rate declines in Iran: UN – Tehran Times
The high cost of caesareans – Boston Globe
June 28, 2010
Recession causes more Irish women to turn to abortion – Irish Central
More questions for nominee Elena Kagan – Washington Post
Palin’s Stanislaus visit shows political power – San Francisco Chronicle
All women have a voice – MiamiHerald.com
Kagan must explain abortion stance – Politico
Scientists invent first male contraceptive pill – Telegraph.co.uk
Women’s health initiative fails to inspire – Ottawa Citizen
HIV incidence rise among Asian women – Times LIVE
Pastor Takes HIV Test In Front Of Congregation – WSB Atlanta
Blood Test Predicts Menopause Say Scientists – Medical News Today