Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pro-Life Committee Activity

Two House Committee hearings held today related to pro-life issues.

1. The Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (H.J.Res. 35).

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which was defeated in the states in the 1970s and 1980s, is being pushed in the states again.  If ratified, it would create a permanent, nationwide “right” to abortion.  Since only women can become pregnant, most abortion laws and restrictions ultimately pertain only to them. The ERA would require taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, permanently allow abortion until birth for any reason throughout the nation, and place at risk federal and state conscience laws.

In Ranking Member Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) opening remarks, he stated that the ERA would undermine the Hyde Amendment and eliminate “the people’s right to protect the unborn.” Later, he noted that the National Organization for Women says "an ERA properly interpreted would negate the hundreds of laws that have been passed restricting access to abortion..." He explained that many groups are pushing for the ERA because it nullifies abortion restrictions.

2. The Rules Committee Hearing on the Medicare for All Act (H.R. 1384)

H.R. 1384 would establish a Medicare for All national health insurance program. It undermines the long-standing Hyde Amendment, which protects taxpayer funding from paying for abortion or insurance plans that cover abortion.

During the hearing, Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK) expressed strong concern that the bill eliminates the Hyde Amendment and requires abortion on demand paid for with taxpayer dollars.

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