On Friday, President Obama repeated his pledge to try to reduce the numbers of abortions in America, this time to the pope. I hope this time, the president is willing to follow his pledge with direct action. If he is serious about reducing the number of abortions in our country, President Obama should not force taxpayers and private insurance companies to fund them. Abortion groups themselves have made clear that more funding leads to more abortions. I hope that his statement to the pope is evidence that President Obama is willing to join Republicans and Democrats who have expressed their firm commitment to exclude abortion from any health-care plan that moves forward.
– Eric Cantor is the Republican Whip for the 111th Congress.