The Corner

U.S.

House Democrats’ Shutdown Plan Adds Pro-Abortion Provision

Yesterday evening, the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, an opening salvo in the incoming Congress’s effort to end the partial government shutdown, which has been effect since the weekend before Christmas.

Despite the fact that the funding process has already been held up over political disagreements, in part having to do with contention over building and reinforcing a wall at the southern border, the Democratic representatives now controlling the House added further controversy to the process by slipping a pro-abortion provision into their draft spending bill.

The legislation would repeal the Trump administration’s Mexico City policy, which prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund the promotion or provision of abortion overseas. The policy has been in place under every Republican presidential administration since Ronald Reagan, withholding federal money from non-governmental organizations that encourage or enable the provision of abortion in countries that receive U.S. aid.

Pro-life groups such as Susan B. Anthony List and Live Action have issued statements condemning the spending bill over this stipulation. “The American people have repeatedly voiced their opposition to taxpayer-funded abortion and President Trump honored their will by taking immediate action to stop U.S. exportation of abortion around the world on taxpayers’ dime,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List.

The decision to include this pro-abortion poison pill is a transparent attempt by the new, emboldened Democratic House to push back against the pro-life progress during the first two years of the Trump administration. The provision will almost certainly not make it into the final spending bill.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Great Misdirection

The House Democrats are frustrated, very frustrated. They’ve gotten themselves entangled in procedural disputes with the Trump administration that no one particularly cares about and that might be litigated for a very long time. A Washington Post report over the weekend spelled out how stymied Democrats ... Read More
World

Australia’s Voters Reject Leftist Ideas

Hell hath no fury greater than left-wingers who lose an election in a surprise upset. Think Brexit in 2016. Think Trump’s victory the same year. Now add Australia. Conservative prime minister Scott Morrison shocked pollsters and pundits alike with his victory on Saturday, and the reaction has been brutal ... Read More
NR Webathon

We’ve Had Bill Barr’s Back

One of the more dismaying features of the national political debate lately is how casually and cynically Attorney General Bill Barr has been smeared. He is routinely compared to Roy Cohn on a cable-TV program that prides itself on assembling the most thoughtful and plugged-in political analysts and ... Read More
Film & TV

Game of Thrones: A Father’s Legacy Endures

Warning! If you don't want to read any spoilers from last night's series finale of Game of Thrones, stop reading. Right now. There is a lot to unpack about the Thrones finale, and I fully understand many of the criticisms I read on Twitter and elsewhere. Yes, the show was compressed. Yes, there were moments ... Read More
Culture

Cold Brew’s Insidious Hegemony

Soon, many parts of the United States will be unbearably hot. Texans and Arizonans will be able to bake cookies on their car dashboards; the garbage on the streets of New York will be especially pungent; Washington will not only figuratively be a swamp. And all across America, coffee consumers will turn their ... Read More
Immigration

The Merit of Merit-Based Immigration

Having chain-migrated his way into the White House and a little bit of political power, Donald Trump’s son-in-law is shopping around an immigration plan. And if you can get past the hilarious juxtaposition of the words “merit-based” and “Jared Kushner,” it’s a pretty good one. As things stand, the ... Read More