The Midterm elections were bad news for Republicans in the House.
With the shift in power, conservative legislation could come to a halt in 2019.
But you’ll never guess who just stabbed the pro-life movement in the back.
GOP legislators are in for a ride after the Democrats gained 40 seats in the Midterms.
As a result, some pro-lifers were trying make one more push for pro-life legislation, including defunding Planned Parenthood, before the new Congress takes the reins.
But it seems as though that has been stopped in its tracks, as most GOP legislators are afraid to “rock the boat.”
Congressional Republicans are giving up on years of promises to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood as Democrats prepare to take control of the House, a major setback for the conservative movement after controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House for the past two years.
The futility of the congressional efforts was clear as the lame-duck session of Congress convened this week and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) briefly tried — and failed — to rally support for one last bid to push through Planned Parenthood cuts, Obamacare repeal and other conservative priorities. But most Republicans, already rattled by the possibility of a shutdown next week triggered by President Donald Trump’s border wall demands, dismissed his bid.
That’s infuriated anti-abortion groups, who plan to take their fight to state legislatures and the courts.
“They had two years to defund Planned Parenthood, and they failed,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America. “It’s a huge frustration. We worked so hard to elect supposedly these pro-life Republican officials, and we expected results.”
House Republicans who’ve repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood — a priority since Vice President Mike Pence served in the chamber — say there is no point using their remaining days in power passing a bill that’s sure to die in the upper chamber. Next year, the dynamic will be reversed, with conservative bills that might get traction in the Senate sure to collapse in the Democratic-led House.
Weak-kneed GOP House members are often more dangerous than hardline Democrats.
They make campaign promises to get votes from pro-lifers, but refuse to lift a finger once elected.
As the President of Students for Life of America, Kristan Hawkins, pointed out, the Republican dominated Congress had every opportunity to pass legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and end abortion.
But instead, these so-called “pro-life” Republicans avoided pro-life legislation in hopes they could appease liberals and be elected to another term in 2018.
Their plan backfired, however, as the Democrats gained nearly 40 seats, most of those taken from faux pro-life representatives.
On a positive note, Kristan Hawkins of SFLA did urge President Trump to reject any bill that keeps Planned Parenthood funding in-tact.
And as we know, Trump is not afraid to hold out for a deal that he likes.
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