Video: GOP introduces ban on federal funding for abortion

posted at 2:15 pm on January 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Fox News interviews Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) mainly about the repeal of ObamaCare yesterday, but also asks about the effort today to pass a legislative ban on federal funding of abortions. Noem handles the interview very impressively and says in both cases that Republicans in Congress intend to honor their campaign promises:


The bill itself appears to be a resurrection of the Stupak Amendment, at least from the CBS report today. The Stupak Amendment would have put into law the restrictions imposed annually by the passage of the Hyde Amendment with each budget, and would have forbidden the use of any federal funds for abortions in any context, and not just at HHS, as the Hyde Amendment specifically covers. Passage of this bill would take the issue off the table entirely at budget time.

Of course, Democrats claim that the bill is unnecessary:

Backers of abortion rights, including most Democrats, say the health care overhaul law already maintains the Hyde amendment ban on federal funding of abortions.

During the debate over the health care legislation last year, Rep. Bart Stupak led a block of anti-abortion rights House Democrats in refusing to support the bill. He ultimately backed the bill, however, after President Obama agreed to release an executive order backing up the existing ban.

Boehner and Smith said the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would codify the Hyde amendment. They also said they supported a separate bill from Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) that would ban federal funding of any kind to organizations that perform abortions. Organizations are already barred from federal funding for abortions but Pence’s bill would deny them federal funding for other services as well.

If it was unnecessary, though, the EO would also have been superfluous. Planned Parenthood attacked the bill by saying that it would deny tax advantages for health insurance that includes abortion coverage — but that’s the point of the bill anyway. Federal subsidies for abortions are unpopular enough that Obama had to issue that EO in order to get the bill passed.

The ban will almost certainly stall in the Senate, and even if it didn’t, it’s hard to imagine that Obama will sign it into law — even with Democrats arguing that already is law. It will still serve notice, though, that the GOP wants this loophole closed for good.


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The ban will almost certainly stall in the Senate…hard to imagine that Obama will sign it into law

So then we have a do-nothing Senate and an obstructionist president.

Or is it an obstructionist Senate and a do-nothing president?

Either way, these labels will not help either branch in 2012.

FlameWarrior on January 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Here is a name to watch – out past 2012

Kristi Noem, US House Representative-from South Dakota

jake-the-goose on January 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Better yet, let’s ban all “family planning” funding as well. There’s no reason that PP should get a dime of my money.

Vera on January 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

The Party of No.

El_Terrible on January 20, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Of course, Democrats claim that the bill is unnecessary:

I think that the dems are unnecessary at this point.

grapeknutz on January 20, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Its funny to think Obama would veto a law that he thinks, publically, al ready exists and should be in place.

If it al ready exists (thus no harm could come in simply passing it again), and if it should be in place in the first place, why veto it? What’s the point?

Indy82 on January 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Good stuff

blatantblue on January 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Rep Kristi Noem thinks politicians should honor their campaign promises? What planet is this lady from?

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

“Kristi Noem owns and operates guns. Therefore she’s a racist” — Michael Moore

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

“There is no federal funding of abortions. And how dare you try to stop it!” /s

MassVictim on January 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!?!?

Oh, wait…

SouthernGent on January 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Backers of abortion rights, including most Democrats, say the health care overhaul law already maintains the Hyde amendment ban on federal funding of abortions.

Then they should have no problem with this, if it only duplicates existing law.

rbj on January 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Why do we need this law? Joe (Dipsh*t) Donnelly D-IN2nd assured us that his BFF Obama’s executive order took care of that. Even Donnelly’s idiot parish priest backed him up on that. It can’t be that executive orders are easily overridden by the same pen that scribbled them in the first place, right?

Extrafishy on January 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Suddenly, there’s a NEW party of “NO!”

search4truth on January 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM

That’s a pretty funny screengrab on the home page. Both women have the exact same expression on their race, look similar, and have their heads tilted like so.

Funny!

YYZ on January 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Extrafishy on January 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Hey, what parish does Donnelly “attend”? I am curious as to the identity of the priest you mentioned that backed him.

search4truth on January 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

SouthernGent on January 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM

+1

csdeven on January 20, 2011 at 2:33 PM

B-B-But… we have a signed document from LucyObama that says federal funding won’t be used for Abortion. Stupak got that from Obama for his vote.

It’s a signed document… nothing is more important than that… This time I’m gonna kick that football to the moon Whoohoo, I can sign the HCR bill and look like I’m defending my pro-life stance at the same time!

“Funny thing about that document, Stupak… it was never notorized” – LucyObama…

Skywise on January 20, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Mention Philadelphia and watch the cockroaches scatter.

a capella on January 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

And, Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee came out in support of this bill, due to estute understanding of the Constitution she displayed yesterday

EliTheBean on January 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Man the House GOP is not wasting any time :)

gophergirl on January 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

The Party of NoEM?

Brian on January 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM


Democrats claim that the bill is unnecessary

So they’ll have no problem passing it, seeing as it won’t “change” anything. Right?

GarandFan on January 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Vera on January 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

+1000

pannw on January 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Democrats claim that the bill is unnecessary

Democrats are unnecessary.

EnochCain on January 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Mmmmm…. Kristi Noem.

It’s so nice to have a true, reliable conservative serving in congress who is so easy on the eyes.

Sorry, someone had to say it.

UltimateBob on January 20, 2011 at 2:44 PM

The Party of NoEM?

Brian on January 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM

YES!

I mean, NO!

I mean, NOem!

Oh, whatever. :-)

UltimateBob on January 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Shouldn’t it be called “Unplanned Parenthood.”

Bevan on January 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Pretty fair public speaker. Dems probably wouldn’t have run her without that precious sheepskin (she’s been busy with family and family farm business).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mtKqfHntUw

http://www.kristiforcongress.com/meet-kristi/

http://www.kristiforcongress.com/vision/

fred5678 on January 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM

or “What Was Your Name Again Unplanned Parenthood”

EnochCain on January 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Mmmmm…. Kristi Noem.

It’s so nice to have a true, reliable conservative serving in congress who is so easy on the eyes.

Sorry, someone had to say it.

UltimateBob on January 20, 2011 at 2:44 PM

And you have to admit SD accents are easier on the ears too.

Lily on January 20, 2011 at 2:53 PM

The Party of No.

El_Terrible on January 20, 2011 at 2:22 PM

You mean the demonrats?

antisocial on January 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM

This is the first step towards our economic recovery.

Inanemergencydial on January 20, 2011 at 2:57 PM

‘It’s for the children’, at least the unborn ones.

Kissmygrits on January 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Better yet, let’s ban all “family planning” funding as well. There’s no reason that PP should get a dime of my money.
Vera on January 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Yes, Vera. PP makes plenty of profit. (How much money do you have to make? – Obama) Let them operate their murderous enterprise without our money.

PP must be charging plenty for abortions, why else would all those poor women in Philadelphia pay that filthy abortionist’s crazy rates?

marybel on January 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

It’s not often the politician interviewee is better looking than the Fox News Babe interviewer. This Party of “NOem” is gonna be fun to watch! :)

/shallow maybe, but true

ornery_independent on January 20, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Noem is definitely a rising star. I love that she is a spokesperson for the GOP!!

PrincipleStand on January 20, 2011 at 3:10 PM

She’s a problem for the left.

She’s sharp, she’s tough, she’s good in interviews, and she’s hotter than sh*t.

She’s the anti-Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

BuckeyeSam on January 20, 2011 at 3:11 PM

And what of the Mexico City Policy forbidding federal funding of abortion overseas that Obama canceled.

fourdeucer on January 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM

BuckeyeSam on January 20, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Noem is really impressive…she’s a problem, allright, particularly if she seeks higher office.

The left will figure this out soon enough.

Wonder when they will start to Palinize her?

marybel on January 20, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I’m lovin it!

Go go gop!

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Shouldn’t she have had an intern holding up a giant poster of an aborted fetus behind her? Just sayin’…..

ctmom on January 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I do not think I can say this more forcefully:

Make it happen!!!

And then strip all federal funding to the death ‘scuse me, abortion, industry and let them to try to continue their evil enterprise without government money.

Shogun144 on January 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM

That beats looking at Pelosi. When Pelosi spoke, I covered my eyes and ears.

seven on January 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

That beats looking at Pelosi. When Pelosi spoke, I covered my eyes and ears.

seven on January 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I covered my mouth with a bucket close by….

jeffn21 on January 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Well I feel sorry for the poor people in NYC. With 45% of all pregnancies being terminated in NYC, that has got to get expensive! Maybe we should allow the welfare recipients to use their food stamps, cards, or whatever they have now on abortions…

I hope it is obvious that I am joking….

jeffn21 on January 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Proponents should (Sheila Jackson Lee style) show up with pictures of the abortion murderer, and his victims, behind them while making the argument.

The thought that my money may go to kill these people is horrible.

petunia on January 20, 2011 at 4:02 PM

I’ll bet you almost all the $1.8 million a year made by Kermit Gosnell, the blood merchant and butcher, come from the taxpayers.

bayview on January 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Wow–marvelously well spoken about conservative principles. I am very impressed and hopeful that she is representative of the class of ’11.

horatio on January 20, 2011 at 5:02 PM

If the GOP is smart then Dr “baby killer” Gosnell will be the poster boy for this legislation. How about a photo back drop, ala Sheila Jackson Lee, of Gosnell behind every GOP Senator and Congressman when they do an interview concerning this legislation.

DFCtomm on January 20, 2011 at 5:44 PM

If the GOP is smart then Dr “baby killer” Gosnell will be the poster boy for this legislation. How about a photo back drop, ala Sheila Jackson Lee, of Gosnell behind every GOP Senator and Congressman when they do an interview concerning this legislation.

DFCtomm on January 20, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Yes, and we need a Congressional hearing on where every dollar in the killer’s bank account came from.

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2011 at 6:12 PM

[Pardon me, ladies, but...]

Dark and light visions of Yumminess.

Jaibones on January 20, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Good. Maybe this can be a stepstone to end tax funding of people’s reproductive choices entirely.

(yeah, I know, but I can dream…)

Dark-Star on January 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Noem is one very attractive lady, so why would she wear that horrible Rod Stewart wig?

ButterflyDragon on January 20, 2011 at 7:25 PM

She’s a problem for the left.

She’s sharp, she’s tough, she’s good in interviews, and she’s hotter than sh*t.

She’s the anti-Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Indeed. Noem is fantastic. And uber “MMM”.
As for Wasserman, if she’d ‘wass’ her hair every now and then she’d look less ‘man’.

Just sayin….

Handel on January 21, 2011 at 12:51 AM