Obama, Reid Have Voted for D.C. Abortion Funding Ban

by Katrina Trinko

Senate majority leader Harry Reid is saying that he will not pass the one week C.R. because it includes a ban on taxpayer funding of abortions in D.C.

“It’s not realistic to shutdown the government on a debate dealing with abortion. It’s not fair to the American people,” Reid said this morning.

There’s just one catch: Democratic leaders have previously (and frequently) passed the ban.

In 2009, President Obama signed a budget that included the ban on taxpayer-funded abortions in D.C. Who passed that budget? A Democratic House and Senate. In fact, Reid has voted for a budget that includes the ban ten times since 1995. And he’s not the only Democrat: in addition to signing the budget in ’09, Obama twice voted for legislation that included the ban, while Vice President Joe Biden has voted for legislation including the ban seven times.

In fact, the ban has been in place for many years: 1988 to 1993 and then from 1996 to 2009.

Restoring the ban would not be a revolutionary policy shift, but a return to the status quo of many years.