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House urged to reject spending bill that would overturn pro-life policies

The US House of Representatives has begun debate on a bill that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, including reinstating taxpayer-funded abortion domestically and abroad, according to Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

The bill is H.R. 2740, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The House began consideration of the measure on 12th June.

“This is pro-abortion legislation on steroids,” Smith said in comments delivered on the House floor. Smith, a Catholic, is co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

He pointed specifically to language in the bill that would block a Trump administration reform of the Title X Family Planning Program as well as overturn a conscience rights rule for health care providers and the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance program.

Smith railed against the bill, saying supporters of legal abortion are like members of a “modern-day Flat Earth Society” that “continues to cling to outdated, indefensible argument cloaked in euphemism.”

In a 12th June letter to members of Congress, the National Right to Life Committee echoed Smith’s objections, urging the lawmakers ‘to oppose H.R. 2740 in its current form’ because of the provisions ‘that roll back current pro-life policies’.

Picture: Pro-life supporters hold signs outside the US Supreme Court during the annual March for Life rally in Washington on 18th January 2019. Congress is currently debating an appropriations bill that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, say lawmakers and pro-life groups. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters).