In a move that demonstrates just how far abortion activists will go to push their agenda, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) attempted to sneak an abortion funding provision into a bill intended to address the coronavirus pandemic. H.R.6201—Families First Coronavirus Response Act is aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on our nation, and includes language to help workers take paid sick or family leave, increase food assistance and unemployment benefits, and ensure all Americans can get free coronavirus testing.
The House passed H.R.6201 last night, but not before lengthy negotiation between Speaker Pelosi and the Trump Administration over a certain provision that one White House official referred to as a “slush fund” for abortion. According to reports, Pelosi and other House Democrats attempted to include a provision in the bill to circumvent the longstanding Hyde Amendment and allow federal taxpayer dollars to be used to fund abortion.
“Speaker Pelosi should be fighting the coronavirus pandemic,” said Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) in a statement to National Review, “not politicizing emergency funding by fighting against the bipartisan Hyde Amendment. We need to be ramping up our diagnostic testing, not waging culture wars at the behest of Planned Parenthood.”
The Trump Administration held firm to the President’s statements to the House in January that he would veto “any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies or laws—or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any stage.”
The pressure from the Trump Administration and House Republicans worked, as the language that would have circumvented the Hyde Amendment was removed from H.R.6201 before the House voted on it. The U.S. Senate is preparing to debate and vote on the coronavirus bill, but this regrettable action by Speaker Pelosi only further proves that abortion activists will use any and all opportunities to push their agenda for free and unrestricted abortion anywhere and anytime.