First up today is the outrageous congressional Omnibus bill that will fund the United States government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018. The bill must be passed by midnight tonight to keep the government funded. Unfortunately, as it now exists, this bill keeps the funding for Planned Parenthood. We will be giving Planned Parenthood another half-a-billion dollars in taxpayer money while it kills another 320,000 innocent human beings this year. The Republican platform in 2016 stated: “We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.” Based on that platform, Republicans won the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Two years later, the same Republicans refuse to take a stand for the babies and defund Planned Parenthood. May God have mercy on our once great country. President Trump, do not sign any bill that funds Planned Parenthood!
On a more positive note, this week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of a law in California. This law requires that any advertising done by pregnancy resource centers must also have a message referring people for free state-funded abortions. All reports from this week’s SCOTUS hearings indicate that the majority of the justices (both conservative and liberal) were not happy with the law. The justices were particularly upset when it was confirmed that, if a PRC in California wanted to have a billboard that simply said “LIFE COUNTS,” it would have to include on that billboard a 30-word statement about the availability of free abortions. That statement would have to be in a font equal in size to the “Life Counts” message and it would have to be on the billboard in 13 different languages.
Washington governor Jay Inslee smiled broadly in photos this week as he signed into law a bill that requires health insurance plans to cover abortions if they also cover maternity care. According to published reports, the bill also would set up a program to use state taxpayer funds to pay for abortions for women without insurance and for those on Medicaid. The new law is strongly opposed by Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle and the Washington State Catholic Conference. It is expected that a lawsuit will be filed to try to overturn this horrific law.
The Tennessee Democratic Party announced this week that its new executive director is Jeff Teague. Teague most recently served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee.
Finally, we told you last week that lawmakers in Tennessee introduced a bill to create a monument for victims of abortion. The House Subcommittee on State Government voted in favor of the bill on Wednesday. It will go to the full House State Government Committee next week.