The Senate Republicans join Dems in ending the so-called “gag rule” which prohibits federal funds from going to fund groups that provide abortions.
Politico.com reports, “GOP senators join Dems to lift abortion ‘gag rule’”
Three Senate Republicans, including vulnerable incumbent Mark Kirk of Illinois, helped Democrats advance a repeal of the so-called global gag rule that restricts U.S. funding to humanitarian organizations that provide abortions.
In a Senate Appropriations Committee markup Thursday, Kirk and GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) joined the left to approve an amendment to the State Department spending bill that would lift the restriction, which has been a mainstay for Republicans since the Reagan administration in the 1980s.
Thankfully, it is unlikely to pass the full Senate, but the sheer bloodthirstiness of the proposal is muted by Politico’s whitewash.
If you follow the story down it’s column inches, they first talk about the reasons why Republicans join Dems in changing the law. (Answer: because they are centrists and federally funded child-killing is about as centrist a political position as anyone can hold.)
Then it talks about all the women who need those abortions.
Democrats, on the other hand, say the money would help low-income women around the world access needed family planning care that would reduce the number of abortions over the long-haul.
“An estimated 225 million women in developing countries are unable to access family planning services,” said amendment sponsor Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). “Providing greater access to family planning and reproductive health services improves the health of mothers and children, empowers women to make their own choices about how to grow their families, and is a smart investment that helps reduce poverty.”
It then spends more space pretending money is not fungible and that the distinction between funding an organization that funds abortions and funding an organization’s funded abortions is a meaningful one. That is simply a lie and the story does its best to embed the assumption implicitly so as to not draw the attention of the reader to its implausibility.
And near the end of the story we get this little fact dropped in:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who chairs the spending subpanel overseeing the bill, urged a no vote, taking issue with part of the amendment that increasing money for the UN Population Fund that supports “abortions and sterilization in China.”
“[We won’t] put taxpayer dollars in an area where most Americans don’t want it to go,” he said.
I’m no fan of Lindsey Graham, but if he brought up China I’ll bet he said far more that Politico does not want to quote. China punishes families pretty severely for refusing to abort “extra” children. And the United Nations gives money to China to help them do this to their citizens. This isn’t about providing abortions and sterilizations to poor women who can’t afford them. This is about forcing them to undergo both.
Which brings us back to the alleged motives for these Republicans joining the Dems:
It’s not surprising that Kirk was among the trio tacking to the middle: He’s been called the most vulnerable Senator up for reelection, and he’s running neck-and-neck with Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). Murkowski , who was booted in her last primary by a conservative but won in an surprising write-in campaign, is also up in 2016. Collins has a reputation for being perhaps the most centrist member of the caucus, though her seat is considered safe.
So these people answer to a sizable group of voters who want to make sure the Chinese communists continue to get help forcing women to abort and be sterilized?
No wonder God hates this country and is giving our leaders over to insanity to drive us off the economic cliff.