House Passes Another Anti-Choice Bill
Here are those people concerned about big government and spending doing something about it by … voting on a fundamentalist bill to limit abortions?
The House made a foray into social issues Wednesday, passing a controversial anti-abortion bill and giving hope to social conservatives who want to tie their issues to the debt limit debate.
The measure was passed on a vote of 251-175, with 16 Democrats joining a unified Republican Conference in support.
The bill would permanently prohibit federal funding for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest or danger to the woman’s life by essentially codifying the Hyde Amendment, which has been attached to federal appropriations bills since 1976.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), would also create new controls on private companies that offer insurance plans that cover abortions.
During a floor speech before the vote, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor characterized the bill as a moral and fiscal issue.