Even though I’ve been blogging about what it means to “lose” a legislative battle, it’s nice to have something to celebrate whenever we can. In this case, it’s the passage today of the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (H.R. 3), a bill that would permanently ban abortion funding with few exceptions, and keep the government from subsidizing abortion in insurance plans created under the new health care law. (You can read more details about the bill from the office of Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey).
The next logical question is: so what are the chances H.R. 3 passes the Senate? Answer: not good. Chances that the President will sign the bill if the Senate passes it? More not good.
But, that doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate what is now. A majority of the members of Congress just voted to pass permanent restrictions on the funding of abortion — that is a strong vote for LIFE. And it’s something that would not–and did not–happen last Congress. This Congress is more pro-life, and that gives us hope that after 2012, the Senate might be also.
More later on why we still want a Senate vote on H.R. 3, even if it’s unlikely to pass. In the meantime, contact your senators and urge them to support H.R. 3.