Ok, Republicans and Democrats have agreed on a Continuing Resolution that will fund the government through the end of September. A government shut-down has been averted, whether one cares about that or not.

The dust has not settled but here are some apparent take-aways for pro-lifers….

Bad news:

  • Planned Parenthood will not be defunded.

Good news:

  • DC abortions will be defunded.
  • The Senate will be forced to vote separately on defunding PP and on defunding Obamacare, votes our side will lose by the numbers but will find helpful in the 2012 elections. Moderate Democrats will be put in a tight spot.

I’m guessing UNFPA defunding, Title X defunding, and restoration of the Mexico City policy were all riders that were dropped.

I am disappointed about PP but not surprised. We hoped and worked for a miracle, and it didn’t happen. Pro-lifers only rule 1 of 3 branches of government at present.

I reiterate I am amazed the fight over PP got so much attention and was apparently the biggest obstacle. As I tweeted today, this process has only dumped more disastrous PR on PP’s brand. And as Steve Ertelt just tweeted, the Senate PP vote “allows [the] pro-life side to further expose nation’s biggest abortion business. Speaker Boehner win.”

I think Speaker Boehner did the best he could.

Many pro-lifers worked their hearts out the past several weeks to defund PP, most notably Lila Rose. Stay strong, my friend.

Ok, so we get up tomorrow and start fighting again. Most importantly, we start fighting to defeat Obama. His speech tonight made me gag. The key pusillanimous excerpts…

At the same time, we also made sure that at the end of the day, this was a debate about spending cuts, not social issues like women’s health and the protection of our air and water. These are important issues that deserve discussion, just not during a debate about our budget….

A few days ago, I received a letter from a mother in Longmont, CO….

She asked those of us in Washington to get past our petty grievances and make things right. And she said, “Remember, the future of this country is not for us. It’s for our children.”

Today we acted on behalf of our children’s future….

I so loathe that man.

[Top photo via Reuters; bottom photo via UPI]

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