On Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on what would be the most expensive bill to ever pass the House, H.R. 6800. Speaker Pelosi’s “Heroes Act” is marketed as a necessary response to COVID-19, but conservatives – who refer to the bill as “Pelosi’s Social Wish List Act” – insist it has nothing to do with responsibly responding to the Coronavirus, but instead, propping up her liberal base. With a price tag of $3 trillion, there are line items for hundreds of causes and special interests, but a couple got our attention in particular.
First, the bill excludes Hyde Amendment protections for furloughed employees’ COBRA insurance premiums. That means there are no protections to ensure federal funds are not used to subsidize abortions.
Second, the “Heroes Act” provides federal banking privileges to marijuana businesses. The bill would grant “safe harbor” to Big Marijuana for banking and investments despite the fact that it’s an illegal drug in America.
The bill includes several other non-germane, controversial items, including a mandate to collect “hate crimes” data, a “blanket release” for certain federal prisoners, an expansion of Obamacare through a “special enrollment period,” and several provisions to federalize elections.
Fiscal conservatives have a long list of concerns with the bill, chief among them the continuation of $600 unemployment insurance supplements through Jan. 31, 2021 at the earliest. The bill would also make illegal immigrants eligible for direct stimulus payments and permanently disallow SNAP rulemaking pertaining to work requirements and eligibility.
It is not an overstatement to say the bill contains a laundry list of liberal policies. Unfortunately, even in a time of national crisis, liberal forces are still very much at work to erode our freedoms and compromise our values.
The “Heroes Act” highlights the importance of legislative leadership. While the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is poised to pass the bill on Friday, it is thankfully not expected to receive a vote in the Senate led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). However, concern exists that the bill will be used as a bargaining chip to get the Senate to vote on and pass something similar in the future. For that reason and the poor merits of the bill, it is important that we let our voices be heard in Congress today!
Please send a message to your Member of Congress and ask that he or she vote NO on H.R. 6800.
Thanks for making your voice heard!
Vice President for Strategy
I find it gratifying to see how Americans, and more specifically North Dakotans, are banding together to deal with the current coronavirus pandemic. It’s truly encouraging to see neighbors helping neighbors, individuals and communities working to protect the elderly and others in high risk groups, and governmental agencies putting aside differences to work together to address this pressing issue. However, not everyone is onboard. In fact, one person is exploiting this situation for her own benefit and fundamentally sacrificing some American lives for the sake of others. That person is Representative Nancy Pelosi.
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was using the coronavirus crisis to seek funding to take more lives through abortions. Pelosi’s coronavirus plan included a billion-dollar funding stream with a provision that would have excluded the Hyde Amendment, which has protected against taxpayer funding of abortions for decades. It would have meant that your and my tax dollars would fund the killing of innocent preborn infants.
The good news is that White House negotiators discovered the provision, and along with pro-life House leaders, successfully fought to remove it from the bill late Thursday. The bad news is that Speaker Pelosi is now pushing a separate bill that will do the same thing.
While Representative Pelosi disagrees with nearly every biblical value you and I hold dear, I find this particular action of hers to be truly contemptible. She is capitalizing on Americans’ fears by trying to sneak through a radical measure to exclude longstanding pro-life protections. But perhaps most importantly, she is willing to end the lives of some Americans by trading them for others. She is playing God.
Her new bill could come before the U.S. House of Representatives soon, and your voice to Congress is needed! Please contact our members of Congress, Representative Armstrong and Senators Hoeven and Cramer, to urge them to oppose any effort to allow taxpayer funding of abortions through Speaker Pelosi’s exploitation of this pandemic situation.
I regularly thank you, our ministry partners, for engaging when asked to help. This means financially, through prayer, and through Action Alerts. This is your chance to engage through the latter. You can send this important message to our congressmen in seconds, through our Action Center.
All three of our members of Congress have been strong pro-life advocates in DC, ever since they were elected, for which we are extremely thankful. Let’s make sure they know this life vote also really matters to North Dakotans!
President and Executive Director
Yesterday, government leaders at every level were taking unprecedented action to protect American lives from the coronavirus. At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was using the crisis to seek funding to take more lives through abortions.
You read that correctly – trading lives for lives!
Pelosi’s coronavirus plan included a billion-dollar funding stream with a provision that would have excluded the Hyde Amendment — which has protected against taxpayer funding of abortions for decades.
The good news is that White House negotiators discovered the provision, and they, along with pro-life
House leaders, fought successfully to remove it from the bill late Thursday.
The bad news is that Speaker Pelosi is now pushing a separate bill that will do the same thing. That bill could come before the U.S. House of Representatives soon. Your voice to Congress is needed!
Pelosi’s gambit is outrageous for lots of reasons:
- She was capitalizing on Americans’ fears – and the urgency of the situation – to try to sneak through a radical measure to exclude longstanding pro-life protections.
- At a time when most Americans are unified around saving lives, her devotion to the abortion industry is so strong that she tried to use this crisis to advance a policy that will take more lives.
- The bottom line: No matter the timing or situation, forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions is unconscionable.
But now this battle has shifted. Instead of a sneak attack, it’s out in the open.
Please contact your member of Congress and urge him or her to oppose any effort to allow taxpayer funding of abortions. Even if you’re not sure who your member is, you can send a message in 30 seconds on our Action Center.
Thank you for making your voice heard for life!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
As I talk to people about abortion related laws, most people are shocked that they still have to pay for abortions through their taxes under federal and state law. Many people are confused about how abortion providers still receive tax dollars especially in a state like Kansas where our legislature has repeatedly passed laws stating that state revenue should not go to fund abortions.
It happens in a couple different ways. First, it happens because federal dollars can still go to abortion providers through Title X Family Planning Services. The Hyde Amendment, which has been attached to every budget since 1976, is meant to ensure that federal funds don’t directly fund abortions. However, Title X funding has been used as a slush fund for abortion providers. Essentially, the government subsidizes certain work of these businesses – family planning services – so the businesses can then use other funds to provide abortion services.
This year the Trump Administration issued the Protect Life Rule which would prohibit Title X funds from going to abortion providers or those that refer for abortions. Even though the Supreme Court has repeatedly said that the right to abortion that the Court established in the Roe decision did not provide for government funding for abortion, courts on the West Coast have enjoined this rule meaning that for now, Title X funds can still go to abortion providers. The appeals are still in process but it could be years before this issue is resolved*.
As far as Kansas-specific laws go, in 2015 our legislature passed a law that would have kept state Medicaid funds from going to pay for abortion. Unfortunately, once again a federal court struck down this law. The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of this case, allowing the injunction to stay in place.
So we haven’t been able to completely block funding abortion through the federal government and blocking state funding has also hit some difficulties. These complications became even more apparent in May when the Kansas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Hodes and Nauser creating a fundamental right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution.
Not only did the Court go even further in protecting abortion than the U.S. Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, but it also implied that even under the state law we would have to provide funding for abortion.
The Court relied on three court opinions from other states that required those states fund abortions and one even required a private hospital to provide abortion if the hospital took government money. This doesn’t definitively say that Kansans would have to pay for abortions, but it is a very strong indicator that state-funded abortions are what the Kansas Court had in mind when it created a right to abortion in our Constitution.
Now this may seem very complex and an impossible web to untangle. But it isn’t.
In Kansas we can take a first step to right our own court’s bad opinion. We need to pass a constitutional amendment that says that there is not a right to abortion in our constitution and that our government is not required to pay for it.
These are not simple problems, but if we are willing to consistently work on these issues and ask the Lord for guidance, we may indeed see a day where not only is paying for abortion unthinkable but so is abortion.
Praying alongside you,
Director of Advocacy
- – [NOTE: Since the writing of this article the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals has reversed the lower court and allowed the Protect Life Rule to go into effect.]
Congress will likely decide this week whether to allow taxpayer funding for abortion in Obamacare, and your voice is needed to urge your senators and representative to vote against this scheme.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a pro-abortion Republican, last week demanded – as a condition of her supporting the Republican tax-cut bill – that Obamacare bailout funding be added to the must-pass appropriations bill that will be voted on later this week. Her bailout package contains no language to guard against the use of taxpayer funds for plans that cover abortions.
Such pro-life language – often referred to as the Hyde amendment – is estimated to have saved more than two million lives since it was first enacted in 1976.
Family Policy Alliance has signed on to a letter advising every U.S. senator that any vote in favor of an appropriations bill without Hyde protections will rightly be seen as a pro-abortion vote.
Now it’s critical that senators and congressmen hear the same thing from voters like you. Please take a moment to send a message now, as time is of the essence. We’ve made it simple on our Action Center – with just a click you can get that message to both U.S. senators and your member of Congress.
And then, if you would, please share this widely with friends so that Congress gets an unmistakable pro-life message in this week before Christmas!
Thanks for making your voice heard!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
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