Pence introduces anti-abortion bill ahead of conservative gathering
January 7th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
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Pence introduces anti-abortion bill ahead of conservative gathering

(CNN) - Rep. Mike Pence, the Indiana congressman who is considering a presidential bid, introduced an anti-abortion bill Friday that is certain to be greeted fondly by many Republicans ahead of his attendance at a conservative gathering in South Carolina this weekend.

The measure, which has 122 cosponsors and is called the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, seeks to ban federal funding for other services to organizations that perform abortions. The government is already banned from using Title X funds for abortions, but this bill–a version of which was first introduced two years ago–would expand the restrictions.

"It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion," Pence said in a statement. "It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad."

Pence added the bill "will ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal tax dollars."

Pence, the dark horse presidential favorite of many conservatives, introduced the bill a day before he will attend the Awakening Conference - an invite-only gathering on Kiawah Island of social conservatives that was originally conceived of to serve as an alternative to the more progressive GOP-backed Renaissance Weekend.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mikey forgot that jobs, jobs, jobs is the number one priority. Most people have pets smarter than republican congressmen.

    January 7, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    That sews up his 10% base. Sound move Pence. He makes Bachmann look like a rocket scientist.

    January 7, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Good to see the right wingnuts giving credit to the bagger party, who refused to support job creation skills, for the drop in the unemployment rate. I will not be surprised to hear a bagger credit Reagan's trickle down economics just starting to kick in.

    January 7, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do all meth heads vote republican?

    January 7, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. andy

    First priority for the country: make abortions illegal
    Second priority: kill the healthcare bill
    You get what you vote for suckers!

    January 7, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Jeb Bush

    This is a shame. The ultra religious conservatives don't belong in public office.

    January 7, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Aezel

    Just more Republicans trying to increase the size of government and interfere in people's personal lives.

    January 7, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. JD in Moraga, CA

    Well, since the Republicans have already fixed the economy and ended the threat of global terrorism, I guess they were bored and needed something else to do.

    January 7, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Kenneth

    So, can someone introduce a bill that will keep my tax dollars from funding illegal wars?

    January 7, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. BobInIrvine

    Here we go again. Look, Repugs, if you don't want an abortion, don't get one. I don't like the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but my tax dollars go towards that and I'm OK with that. Suck it up, conservatives, the fact that in a SOCIETY, we each live our lives according to our moral codes, but that does not give anyone the right to dictate what a woman shall do with her body. Either this, or make the law identify the Republicans who will take all the unwanted babies after they are born (until they are born, the term is FETUS).

    January 7, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Evangenitals

    The republican circus is ON!

    January 7, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. bob

    Once they get this, the next bill introduced will be it will be illegal to be gay. Just wait and see. These guys are idiots.

    January 7, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    There's the number one reason to reject Pence as a Presidential candidate. His position is outside the mainstream.

    January 7, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. NOLADoug

    Also morally wrong to take my tax dollars and spend them on unjust wars.

    January 7, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Indie Woman in Denver

    It's also morally wrong to lie, but it doesn't seem to stop the Repubs from spouting their talking points". I object to people trying to legislate their religious beliefs on the rest of us.

    January 7, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Take America Back From the I.T.T Democrats

    Any bill that will stop any one from being killed in the womb.....I wholly welcome, and anyone who attempts to justify abortion in any shape or form is less than "natural"....It is not natural for anyone to wish to kill a living baby in the womb!

    January 7, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. w l jones

    While the repub. at it why not introducing a anti fund raising bill there by... no... sell soul to lobbist.

    January 7, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. chris

    When are these guys ever going to learn, stop trying to police people morality!! Focus on issues that has to do with the economy and laws that don't infringe on a persons bedroom, personal body, sexuality etc...
    These idiots are going to find themselves right back out in the next two years!!!
    I really hope their Speaker pull them in!!!

    January 7, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Jack

    Half of all Americans believe abortion is fine. It is, after all, legal. If it is legal how can the gov't deny money to organizations that do something that is legal. And, as for abortion opponents not wanting their dollars to support abortion programs–too bad. I don't like my money going to support a lot of things the gov't does but that's the way it is. We all have issues with how our tax money is spent. If we go down that road then we would have to allow each individual to decide how their tax money is to be spent. Some may not give money to the Defense Department. Some may not give money to transportation etc. It's idiotic logic. These guys need to sit down and work on getting the economy moving. Stop this social engineering. No one is forced to have an abortion. No one. But they want to force women not to have an abortion.

    January 7, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. wiredweirdoinSF

    Attack democrat liberals, attack. Someone is having an independent thought moment. We can't stand that. We need a corrupt union boss, or a Kenyan village idiot to tell us what to do since we can't have bake sales anymore.

    January 7, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    YAWN. Issue has already been resolved no matter what Scalia says. Of course, given Roberts' and Alito's abhorrence of precedent and the principle of stare decisis, it's hardly suprising that the GOPers are going to engage in yet another bout of futile, symbolic, hyperpartisan political stunts with respect to the right to choose whether to have an abortion and, one can safely expect, many other rights that exist under the Constitution. It should suprise nobody that they will spend the next 2 years pretending to govern while in fact doing everything in their power to avoid actually doing so.

    January 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Robert

    I love the Republicans. They say they're for small government, but they want to push a bill like this.

    January 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. VT instead, those taxpayer dollars can be used towards some new weapons program or something that could be used to murder thousands of innocent people overseas??

    I'm so sick of the abortion debate, where men think they have the right to control a woman's a man, this is a place where we, as men, have absolutely no right to go.

    January 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Eric

    Not only should abortion remain legal but we should force sterilization and force abortions of people who have more than two children. Pro-creators make me sick.

    January 7, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Katy

    Perhaps you could tackle child abuse and childhood poverty in this country, Mr. Pence. And may you come back in your next life as a woman...

    January 7, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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