One News NowTaxpayers fund abortions but not school vouchers
In my last article, a somber remembrance of Roe v. Wade, I called attention to something that shocked readers: I noted that the Obama administration and Democratic Congress "rejected funding for school vouchers for poor children in Washington, DC, but supported funding for abortions for the mothers of those children."
The contrast is breathtaking, but true. It's another jolt to traditionally minded voters â€” especially pro-life Democrats and independents â€” who voted for "change" on November 4, 2008, and are now absorbing the change they authorized. In this case, the change stands in stark contrast to previous administrations and Congresses that prohibited federal funds to finance abortions in the District of Columbia. It veers well beyond liberals' assurance that abortion merely be "safe, legal, and rare."
If you didn't hear about this until now, don't be surprised. Over 300,000 pro-lifers marched in Washington last month without notice by the mainstream media. So, I'd like to take a moment to explain what happened:
Last summer, in July 2009, the overwhelmingly Democratic House of Representatives narrowly passed (by a vote of 219-208) a bill permitting the DC government to use locally raised tax revenues to provide abortions, reversing a long-standing prohibition.
Almost all Republicans voted against the bill. They were joined by some (but not enough) Democrats. Unfortunately, because of how Americans voted on November 4, 2008, the extreme left has such a massive majority in Congress that legislators who think taxpayers shouldn't pay for abortions couldn't stop the measure from being passed. Worse, because Americans â€” who, in recent polls, describe themselves as more pro-life and more conservative than ever â€” voted for the most radical abortion-rights advocate in the history of the presidency, the bill had full backing from the White House.
And so, the change in favor of abortion funding came via a $768 million DC Financial Services Appropriations bill that â€” here's the kicker â€” also included termination of school vouchers for poor children in Washington, DC, forcing those children out of private schools and back into public schools they fled.