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House Roll Call: 292     Vote Date: May 4th, 2011

Issue: H.R. 3 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

Result: Passed in House, 251 – 175, 6 not voting. Democrats scored.

Bill Summary:  Permanently bans all manner of federal funding to pay even indirectly for almost all abortions. Includes tax breaks or subsidies for insurance plans and locally raised D.C. tax revenue.   (The current, annually extended exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or that endanger the woman’s life, would remain.)

Analysis:  Federal government support for abortions is both unconstitutional and immoral. It is government’s responsibility at all levels to protect innocent life, not encourage its termination. (The issue is not when biological human life begins but when human life deserves to be considered a person, worthy of legal protection.)

The subversive origins of the drive for abortion on demand are generally ignored in the public debate.   The collectivist effort to build government power to the point where it can remake society includes allowing government to decide which life is a burden on society and unworthy of protection.

Not only are the unborn threatened, but also the elderly and infirm who do not meet new quality of life standards required for government financed health care. And once government sanctions euthanasia, it opens the door for a megalomaniac, such as a Hitler, to justify war on anyone he decides as undesirable.

This roll call was an easy vote for the Republicans, as it was designed to position them before their pro-life constituents. But the measure died in the Senate. We do not score the Republicans on this easy one, but we give credit to the Democrats who embraced the legislation.

However, when Congress really wants to get serious about halting the abortion holocaust, it must use its Article III, Section 2 power to curtail the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in matters of abortion — a precursor to rolling back Roe vs. Wade.

We have assigned (good vote) to the Ayes and (bad vote) to the Noes. (P = voted present; ? = not voting; blank = not listed on roll call.)