Democrats were spitting mad after House Republicans voted to end abortions at these federal facilities

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The battle over abortion is raging in state legislatures across the country.

And now the fight has escalated in Congress.

That’s why Democrats were spitting mad after House Republicans voted to end abortions at these federal facilities.

Last June’s Supreme Court decision that finally overturned Roe v. Wade brought the fight to save babies from the scourge of abortion to new heights.

Baby steps and giant leaps

There have been some huge wins in state legislatures around the country as more than 24 states have passed, or seen triggered, Pro-Life legislation.

These giant leaps in the protection of the pre-born have not yet been matched in Congress, but there is finally movement.

And while the baby steps taken so far in Congress are a promising sign, Pro-Life leaders are urging more be done to protect innocent life.

The House Appropriations Committee recently voted to prohibit abortions at Veterans Administration facilities. 

The 34-27 committee vote came on a party line vote and set up a looming floor fight on the measure.

The vote follows a Department of Veterans Affairs announcement last September that it would provide abortions to veterans and V.A. beneficiaries at VA facilities.

Even worse, the VA announced it would provide these services even at facilities in states where abortion is banned. 

In response, Republicans on the Appropriations Committee took the baby step of inserting language into the military construction budget for fiscal year 2024 that blocks the rule.

Even this small, common-sense measure to stop taxpayer funded abortions at military facilities, in violation of state law, was universally opposed by Democrats.

But there is more

In addition to blocking the V.A.’s life-ending abortion rule, the so-called “anti-woke” amendment also prohibits diversity, equity, and inclusion training for V.A. personnel, prohibits funding for hormone therapies and other gender swapping care for veterans, and bans the pride flag from being flown at V.A. facilities.

All of these measures are simple, moderate proposals that should have passed overwhelmingly.

But, of course, Democrats were apoplectic.

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), who is gay, said, “I don’t know if you know it, but simply looking at a pride flag will not make you gay.” 

He then made the unsubstantiated claim that some 65,000 active-duty members of the military, and one million veterans, identify as “LGBTQAI+.”

And Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) made the weak argument that the so-called pride flag was designed by a veteran.

These spurious arguments did not dissuade Republicans on the committee who passed the amendment, which was offered by Congressman John Carter (R-TX).

House floor fight expected

The bill, which is part of the broader 2024 defense budget, will be voted on in the full House. 

It is unclear what fate awaits it as some GOP members of the House are expected to oppose it.

Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC) for example has been leading the charge of late to promote pro-abortion policies and it is unknown whether Mace will go so far as to defend taxpayer-funded abortions in violation of state law.

The Senate is moving on its own version of the bill, and assuming both pass their respective houses, the two versions will be reconciled through a conference process. 

Pro-Life activists are being urged to contact their representatives and urge them to hold the line on this amendment to block the VA’s pro-abortion policies.   

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.