House OKs Ban on Abortion
The U.S. House of Representatives approved May 25 a measure that would bar federal funding for the training of medical residents to perform abortions.
The House voted 234-182 for an amendment by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R.-N.C., that would have the following effects on a new program established by last year's controversial health-care reform law:
-- Prohibit the project, which helps teaching health centers form or enlarge residency programs, from funding abortions
-- Ban money in the program from paying for the training of abortion doctors.
-- Bar health centers funded through the program from discriminating against residents and other health-care professionals who refuse to provide or refer for abortions.
The roll-call vote on Foxx's amendment broke down largely along party lines: 221 Republicans and 13 Democrats voted for the proposal, while 172 Democrats and 10 GOP members opposed it.
"Should taxpayers foot the bill for elective abortions or to train abortion doctors? I don't think so," Foxx said in a written statement after the vote. "If organizations want to provide elective abortions or train abortion doctors they need to find someone other than taxpayers to write the checks. Taxpayers should not be on the hook for subsidizing the abortion industry."
The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other pro-life organizations supported Foxx's amendment.
Two leading abortion rights organizations--the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-choice America--sharply criticized the amendment.
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