Boehner Says Protect Life Act Keeps Promise in GOP ‘Pledge to America’

Edwin Mora | October 13, 2011 | 4:58pm EDT
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House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo)

( -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) defended the Republican-led Protect Life Act legislation, which prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for any part of a health insurance plan that covers abortion under Obamacare, stressing that the bill fulfills a promise in the GOP’s 2010 Pledge to America.

At a press briefing on Capitol Hill today, a reporter asked Boehner, “Why spend time today on the Protect Life Act if it’s not going to go anywhere in the Senate -- it’s not a jobs bill?

Boehner said: “We’ve done four, five solid job-creation bills this week and this [pro-life] bill was part of our Pledge to America. We’re keeping our word to the American people and we’re going to do it.”

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Protect Life Act today, Oct. 13.

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The legislation would prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions and bar women from using subsidies under the Obama health care law to buy health insurance that covers abortion, except in those cases involving rape or incest or when the mother’s life is endangered. Also, the legislation would protect health care providers who are opposed to abortion for moral or religious reasons.

Earlier this week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) echoed Boehner in defending the need to bring the Protect Life Act to the floor for a vote. Cantor also said the measure fulfilled part of the House GOP “Pledge to America” and that Republicans were keeping their promise to the American people.

The House Republican leadership released A Pledge to America: Following Through on our Promises in September 2010, highlighting its legislative goals on jobs, national security and health care. Their pledge includes a promise to “permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion.”

According to the latest data, Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in the United States in fiscal year 2009. That year, the organization also received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts, the latest figures show.

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