Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sen. Pryor and Sen. Lincoln Vote To Support Federally Funded Abortions (UPDATE)

Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after he joined U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-Florida) and others in introducing an amendment to reinstate the Mexico City Policy during debate on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill. Last week, President Obama overturned the Mexico City Policy by Executive Order, thereby allowing the use of taxpayer dollars to fund and promote abortion overseas.

“Taxpayers should never be forced to pay for the destruction of human life, here at home or overseas,” said Senator Jim DeMint. “President Obama campaigned on a platform of reducing abortions, yet one of his first official acts was to force millions of American taxpayers who find this practice immoral to pay for more abortions overseas.”

Without the Mexico City Policy restrictions, countries that have strong pro-life laws may be forced to reduce their protection of the unborn in order to receive U.S. foreign aid.

“We cannot have a debate about protecting the health of children while we’re use tax dollars to destroy the lives of the most vulnerable children. Children are a precious blessing and this amendment ensures American taxpayers will not be forced to support ending the lives of unborn children abroad.”

UPDATE - The amendment failed by a vote of 37 to 60. Arkansas Senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln both voted against the amendment. This means both of our Arkansas Senators voted to use your federal tax dollars to fund abortions.
UPDATE II - Still no comments from either Pryor's or Lincoln's office, although I put a call into both.
However, fellow Arkansas blogger and possible future Senator from Arkansas Tim Griffin notes my post and comments on his blog, “As predicted, Blanche is caught between her conservative state and her liberal party leadership. Once again, she chose the liberals. Arkansas deserves better.”

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