Pro-life stalwarts in the US Senate are battling provisions in the Omnibus spending boondoggle that includes pork for the abortion industry.
Wicker Amendment

  • Would restore language in the Kemp-Kasten provision, which I previously discussed, meant to keep US taxpayer money from funding organizations that participate in coercive abortions and sterilizations. The proposed language change to K-K would give $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund, which the State Department has determined funnels money to China’s anti-woman one-child policy. Here is Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) excellent floor speech about this yesterday:

    UPDATE, 12:30p: The Wicker Amendment just lost 39-55. Members voting yes included 36 Republicans and 3 Democrats (Bayh, Casey, Nelson of NE). Members voting no included 52 Democrats, 2 Independents and 3 Republicans (Collins, Snowe, Specter). Members not voting were Conrad, Johanns, Kennedy, Landrieu and Sessions.
    DeMint Amendment

  • Would remove the earmark in the Omnibus bill for the “Affordable Birth Control Act.” I’ve also written on this before. The Bush administration removed a loophole that allowed Planned Parenthood to buy birth control pills at cheaper prices and take advantage of higher income women by reselling them at high prices. At present PP is forced to buy bc pills from pharmaceutical companies at the same price as everyone else, so it can’t gouge.
    Sean Hannity recently launched a segment on his show where he interprets liberalspeak. I thought you’d be interested in PPspeak on the DeMint amendment, from a PP email alert I received yesterday. Click to enlarge:
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    Vitter Amendment

  • This one’s easy to understand. “None of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be made available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under title X of the Public Health Service Act.” Title X is the government program that provides contraceptive funding. This bill simply wants to stop PP from getting any taxpayer money. It got a surprisingly high vote tally when introduced by Rep. Mike Pence in 2007.
    These amendments may be voted on today, so please call your senators through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote aye for all. Also be sure thank Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).