House Republicans took action this week to stop President Joe Biden from using a public health emergency declaration to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
FOX 22 Bangor reports a bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, would amend the National Emergencies Act to prohibit any president or secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from declaring a national health emergency to promote or expand abortions. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, introduced similar legislation in the U.S. Senate earlier this month.
Pro-abortion activists and Democrat leaders have been putting pressure on the Biden administration to act and, in late January, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told Axios that his department is evaluating the possibility of an emergency declaration that would give the federal government more power to expand abortions across the country.
A spokesperson for Pfluger told Fox News that if the Biden administration acts, “taxpayer dollars from every American, even those of us who disagree with ending the lives of the unborn, will be used on research and development for abortion drugs, sending these to pro-life states, or providing funding for those seeking abortions.”
Because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, 14 states now protect unborn babies by banning or strictly limiting abortions, and more are fighting in court to do the same. According to SBA Pro-Life America, the current state abortion bans have “the potential to save over 125,000 lives annually,” and all of them protect pregnant mothers’ lives, too.
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However, the Biden administration and Democrat leaders have been working aggressively to thwart these life-saving efforts, including by allowing dangerous abortion drugs to be sent through the mail and sold in pharmacies.
“There are times where I think [abortion] is absolutely their No. 1 priority,” National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias told CNA recently.
If Biden declares a national health emergency for abortion, Tobias said tax dollars could be used to pay for killing unborn babies.
Such an order also could allow the Biden administration to further expand access to abortion drugs, allow abortionists to practice on federally-governed military bases in pro-life states and shield abortionists “from legal liability for treating patients in a state where they are not licensed,” the New York Times reports.
Tobias and other pro-life leaders urged the president and Congress to focus instead on providing better support for families in need, including tax credits for unborn babies and funding for pregnancy resource centers that provide material resources, counseling and more.
“If Democrats were truly concerned about women facing difficult circumstances, they would support the pregnancy centers which serve them …” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America. “They would be in good company too, since 91 percent of Americans support this compassionate pro-life safety net.”
For months, Democrat leaders have been pressuring Biden to expand abortions in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, including taxpayer-funded vouchers and other resources for women who travel across state lines for abortions, and a new HHS “reproductive health ombudsman” who would “educate” the public and analyze data about abortion.
Because Democrats control the U.S. Senate, pro-life bills face an uphill battle.
However, hope remains. Biden administration leaders have expressed hesitancy about the emergency health declaration because it could run into legal trouble. Pro-life state leaders almost certainly would sue, and Mary Ziegler, a law professor who specializes in the abortion issue at the University of California Davis, said their lawsuits likely would succeed.
“It would be hard to imagine a federal court challenge to that … ending well for the administration, but by the same token, it might have some value in the short term,” Ziegler told Axios earlier this month.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also has admitted that Biden cannot do much to expand abortions without the approval of Congress.
For nearly 50 years under Roe, abortions destroyed more than 64 million unborn babies in abortions. Only now that Roe has been overturned may states again protect the right to life for all human beings, born and unborn.
Recent polls show growing public support for legal protections for unborn babies. A Marist College poll found 69 percent of Americans support limiting or banning abortions, up from 62 percent in June. Another new poll from UMass Amherst found a 5-percent drop in those who say Congress should pass a law to make abortions legal nation-wide and a 6-percent increase in support for a national abortion ban, WCVB News reports.
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