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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  1. Independent In Albany

    Sharia Law by Christians....No difference

    January 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. sherrie allen

    maybe pence needs to talk to the speaker of the house about his smoking addiction also.

    January 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. PalmReader

    This article is vague. Am I to understand that Pence is forwarding legislation under the premise that, if a hospital or medical clinic performs abortions (abortions are not now being federally funded, by the way) these same hospitals and clinics will as a result of Pence's legislation lose all federal Medicaid and Medicare funding? How disingenuous of Pence to strengthen his less government interference stance with more far reaching government controlled bureaucracy. As of today, abortions are completely legal, and until such time as Roe vs Wade is repealed, will remain legal.

    January 7, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Robert

    "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." Yet, it is NOT morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of anti-war Americans and use it to invade countries abroad. And these rabid Republicans want us to take their nonsense seriously?

    January 7, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Saclivin

    Are you kidding? I register as a republican yet I think the republicans are so ignorant and pathetic when it comes to abortion rights...let women make their own decisions and leave it alone...if the clinic does nothing but abortions then don't fund it, but if it serves other purposes leave it alone!

    January 7, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Terry in Iowa

    It’s also morally wrong to commit adultery, to deprive the poor and the sick, to put wealth before God, and to bear false witness. Exactly which sin is worse and who amongst you Pharisees and hypocrites are without sin.

    You want to bring into the world souls that you and your ilk have historically claimed to be the wretches of our society and for far too many you ultimately incarcerate or push into homelessness, poverty and despair. You deprive them of health, of wealth, of education, of value, but you claim Holy morality. You are as serpents.

    You are not God and the decisions of these women are not your moral concern, it is between them and God.

    For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)

    You also display a hatred for our Constitution as you consistently push your religious beliefs onto all others. How dare you preach your wretched hypocracy to the good people of this nation. I pray for your soul.

    January 7, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. militantdem

    Strange, Republicans "aborted" our economy, so I thought they were for abortion – silly me...

    January 7, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. "GlobalZero"

    Keep out of our business. Mike Pence is a Facist.

    January 7, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Pretzel Logic

    Well, this will certainly provide a plethora of jobs and get the economy moving again. *Rolls eyes*

    January 7, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. NC

    Pence, don't forget republican women have abortions too, and not all of them can afford for a rich married guy to foot the bill.

    January 7, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Cry Baby Boehner needs to MAN UP and give UP his Socialist TAX FUNDED Health Insurance

    122 cosponsors??

    Wow, the lobbyist are fully at work on this bill!

    January 7, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if he included the cost of putting federal agents in all women's bedrooms.

    January 7, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. malabar

    gee, you thnk those jesus quoting dems will give us all a good laugh on this one? oh wait, did jesus love and heal the poor yet hate and kill unborn babies? just tell me where i can find that in the bible so i can stop thnking that bible quoting dems arent pathetic two faced ignoramuses

    January 7, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When Mike carries a fetus to full term, I think he should, only then, introduce the bill.

    January 7, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "It will also WRECK the healthcare system we do have and that 85% of the American people like."

    Let's get something straight. That 85% figure you are citing comes from polls showing that 85% of people who actually have insurance being satisfied with their insurance...not 85% of all people in the US stating that they like our health care system. There is an extremely significant difference.

    First of all, approzimately 40M people have no insurance. With 300M people in the country, that means 260M do...i.e., approzimately 86.67% of people have insurance...call it 85% for round numbers. 85% of 85% is 72.25% of the entire population stating that they are satisfied with their insurance. This is a relatively decent endorsement of the fact that IF YOU ACTUALLY HAVE INSURANCE, YOU ARE LIKELY TO GET CARE THAT YOU FIND SATISFACTORY. It is NOT an endorsement of our health care system as a whole.

    Second, that 85% of people who do have insurance are satisfied with it actually functions as support for the ACA. Would you like to list us the reasons it is wrong for the government to help provide people with the supplemental funds that would allow them to access a private health insurance industry with which 85% of its current customer base is happy? Or how about why, given the clear constitutionality of the mandate under the Raich line of cases, it is so horrible that the government is mandating that people buy into a private insurance industry that is so highly praised by its current customer base? Your overreaching interpretation of the 85% as meaning they think our whole health care system is grand just makes the analysis all the simpler. It would make a whole lot more sense for to argue that our health care system stinks through and through if you want to argue that we should continue denying 40M+ people any access to it other than that provided by EMTALA, which the rest of us end up paying for anyway.

    Lastly, enough with regurgitating the "nobody in their right mind believes" crap. Go look at the CBO website's pages for the Panel of Economic Advisors and the Panel of Healh Advisors. These people are more educated and accomplished than 99.9% of the country could ever dream of being. They are the very definition of being in one's right mind. The mindless, dogmatic, self-serving, poltically-motivated, corporatocratic ideological temper tantrum from the conservatives over the ACA is, in fact, the perfect juxtaposition thereto.

    January 7, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. sam

    if you don't want an abortion, don't have one.

    I don't support the war, but i couldn't opt out of taxes just because i don't agree with something my money may be going to.

    January 7, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    sorry, edit:

    "It will also WRECK the healthcare system we do have and that 85% of the American people like."

    Let's get something straight. That 85% figure you are citing comes from polls showing that 85% of people who actually have insurance being satisfied with their insurance...not 85% of all people in the US stating that they like our health care system. There is an extremely significant difference.

    First of all, approximately 40M people have no insurance. With 300M people in the country, that means 260M do...i.e., approximately 86.67% of people have insurance...call it 85% for round numbers. 85% of 85% is 72.25% of the entire population stating that they are satisfied with their insurance. This is a relatively decent endorsement of the fact that IF YOU ACTUALLY HAVE INSURANCE, YOU ARE LIKELY TO GET CARE THAT YOU FIND SATISFACTORY. It is NOT an endorsement of our health care system as a whole.

    Second, that 85% of people who do have insurance are satisfied with it actually functions as support for the ACA. Would you like to list us the reasons it is wrong for the government to help provide people with the supplemental funds that would allow them to access a private health insurance industry with which 85% of its current customer base is happy? Or how about why, given the clear constitutionality of the mandate under the Raich line of cases, it is so horrible that the government is mandating that people buy into a private insurance industry that is so highly praised by its current customer base? Your overreaching interpretation of the 85% as meaning they think our whole health care system is grand just makes the analysis all the simpler, although it highlights the circular logic of your argument in that the questino still remains...how could the whole private health care industry and system in America possibly be considered wonderful and "working as intended" if it has failed to innovate sufficiently under the "free market" to find the means to provide insurance and access to affordable health care for EVERYONE? It would make a whole lot more sense for you to argue that our health care system stinks through and through if you want to argue that we should continue denying 40M+ people any access to it other than that provided by EMTALA, which the rest of us end up paying for anyway.

    Lastly, enough with regurgitating the "nobody in their right mind believes" crap. Go look at the CBO website's pages for the Panel of Economic Advisors and the Panel of Healh Advisors. These people are more educated and accomplished than 99.9% of the country could ever dream of being. They are the very definition of being in one's right mind. The mindless, dogmatic, self-serving, poltically-motivated, corporatocratic ideological temper tantrum from the conservatives over the ACA is, in fact, the perfect mirror image thereof...misinformed, undereducated, emotionally charged, irrational nutjobs.

    January 7, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. jon

    No abortions. However, Republicans sure don't seem to care what happens to anyone AFTER they are born.
    The good 'ol U.S. of A. One for all, all for one, every man for himself. That should be our country's motto.

    January 7, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Kathleen Farrell

    I'd like to amend the bill by adding a section requiring all men to undergo vasectomy as soon as their mate determines she wants no more children.

    January 7, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. vic nashville tn

    Distraction again

    We have to create 7 millions jobs
    2010 we added 1.1 million jobs
    If we do the math it’s very slow recovery
    Past 3 days republicans just playing politics

    January 7, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. John B. From NH

    pretty sure this has been debated before. the case Roe V. Wade comes to mind. just more examples of the Reps invading in the private lives of citizens (patriot act prime example). USSR anyone?!

    January 7, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Cry Baby Boehner needs to MAN UP and give UP his Socialist TAX FUNDED Health Insurance

    2nd major piece of legislation coming from the GOP-Tea Party republiklans and I STILL haven't seen one on JOBs JOBs JOBs!

    1st major piece of legislation was on repealing Health Care reform....but NO accompanying replacement Health Care bill? Oh, I forgot,,,,the GOP is taking us back the GW Bush yrs!

    I guess the GOP is NOT for creating jobs for Americans after all!

    January 7, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. LeAnn

    I find Pence's opinion and statement to be arrogant and single minded. It may be "his" opinion that abortion is morally wrong, but it is only his opinion. I find men who want to tell me what I can do with my body morally wrong. As a pro-choice tax payer, his party spend many of my tax dollars on a war I DID NOT support.

    January 7, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Terry in Iowa

    “… in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

    Why don’t you focus on your Constitutional responsibilities and leave our bodies out of it.

    When you start caring about the orphans, foster kids, the impoverished, the sick, the undereducated, the homeless, the unemployed and the under employed, as much as you care about someone else deciding what’s best for their unwanted pregnancy, then I might have time for you. Until then stay out of our personal lives.

    January 7, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. tj

    Well, it didn't take long for the newly elected to back off their campaign promises and to produce an anti abortion bill! All you fiscal conservatives will not get your promised fiscal policies AND women will lose their right to choose!

    Careful what you ask for especially once you've let the genie out of the lamp!

    January 7, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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