House debates abortion-funding bill
October 13th, 2011
05:06 PM ET
11 years ago

House debates abortion-funding bill

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the abortion bill the House debated Thursday, arguing that if it passed, "women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene."

The bill, the "Protect Life Act," sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts, amends the health care law to bar any federal funding for any plan that provides any abortion services. The House is set to vote on the bill later Thursday.


Filed under: Abortion • Congress
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. edog

    Hey! What about JOBS!!! That was what you were sent to Congress to deal with. Not abortion issues. JOBS!!!

    October 13, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. one voice

    My question is: WHERE IS THE GOP JOBS BILL? Wasn't the GOP/TEABAGGER message before the 2010 election"WHERE ARE THE JOBS MR. PRESIDENT:? Vote all these GOP/TEABAGGER OBSTRUCTIONIST out of office. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 13, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Ok this bill fails in senate. May be this congress have 20 more working days why don’t they work on economy recovery plan.

    October 13, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Bill

    This is exactly why the GOP will lose control of the House in 2012. This is not what matter to 90% of the American people. Only the 10% that are idealogues and right wing nutjobs. And it clearly has nothing to do with jobs. Goodbye Boehner and Co.

    October 13, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. jackal & jester

    Well I see that abortion is a choice like getting a gun. I don't have to get one but the option is really nice to have should I want or need one.

    October 13, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Approximately $174,000 in annual wages per Congressional is paid to this group to basically waste time/energy/resources debating one anti-abortion bill after another anti-abortion bill. Amazing.

    October 13, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Thad

    Ok you don't healthcare for all americans but you want to stop women from aborting babies they can't take care of. These women can't even pay for abortions on their own. So lets not fund them and hav

    October 13, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Jeff--Tacoma WA

    Why are they discussing Abortion? Why are they not discussing the Jobs Bill? Mr Cantor is this really what you're so busy with?

    October 13, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Thad

    So lets make them have babies all over the place sucking up all the money these clowns cry about. We're not going to fund yoir abortipn or take care of the baby you can't afford to take care.Do one of the other. Sounds of a heartless poor and old perspn hating party. No compassion and non christian don't be fooled by all the god talk.

    October 13, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. nyc dem

    Mr speaker where are the jobs the GOP promise

    October 13, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |

    Oh yeah this will sure improve the economy! It's time for Boehner to go....period.

    October 13, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. GuyinVA

    Nancy Pelosi hyperbolically screams about how "women can die on the floor and healthcare providers do not have to intervene." What a load of hooey. This bill is designed to restrict federal funding for abortion services. Like that or not, Rep. Pelosi's comment is ridiculous. It's also strange how she never worries about babies dying before ever having a chance to be born. For everyone screaming about jobs, I would call your attention to the CNN Ticker article about the Republican jobs bill.

    October 13, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. B

    WE don’t want Women’s healthcare diminished, we want you Republican Morons to help pass positive legislation on JOBS !!

    What in the H- is it that you Republicans do not understand about what the American people Expect you people to DO ?

    You people are in for a big surprise in 2012!

    October 13, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Len

    Again, GOP/TEA PARTY...taking rights away from Americans. Women and Men should be appalled by this legislation.

    And why did we vote these people into office in 2010? Oh yes, I remember, to create jobs! America please wake were not thinking staright in 2010. Do some research and you will see what they are doing to the middle class and poor!!!! Please Wake up!

    October 13, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Deb

    The government has not paid for abortions since at least 1979. Do these congressmen realize that there are not many Americans who even want to discuss this issue any more. Its been the law for almost 40 years. And it's nobody's business but a woman and her doctor. These Republicans are so "no government interference" in our lives unless it's an issue THEY don't like. I wouldn't vote for a Republican if they paid me.

    October 13, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This bill is designed to restrict federal funding for abortion services."

    What part of the Hyde Act don't you yet understand, GuyinVA?

    October 13, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    So much for "smaller government".

    October 13, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. Larry L

    What does this have to do with jobs? It's more Republican shell games... They are the lap-dogs for the rich and want to use these emotional hot-buttons to distract ignorant people from their unwillingness to create jobs. The 99% need to throw them out!

    October 13, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. mk1

    It is really quite simply why Republicans do not discuss nor create a jobs bill, they do not want the economy to improve. During this recession the wealthy and businesses have done extremely well while the rest of us are the ones to suffer. Middle class America really needs to wake up and see how they are being played.

    October 13, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    WHERE ARE THE FREAKING JOBS??? Next – "Occupy Clinics" – You do not control my body!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 13, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Nancy

    I would like to say, on the abortion issue are you kidding! To pass a law not giving ladies rights,if there is a problem with the pregnancy is ludacrist.

    October 13, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. cindy

    WHERE ARE THE JOBS BOEHNER AND CANTOR-WON'T?!!!! Pathetic waste of time and money on these bought and paid for politicians.

    October 13, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. dr reality check

    I don't want my tax dollars to kill people, whether it's our soldiers overseas, or babies back at home. It's not the governments obligation to murder kids who their parents find inconvenient. If you don't want children, don't have children. With all the birth control methods freely available, there's no excuse for an unwanted child or an abortion.

    October 13, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. portland tony

    Why is the House even debating moral issues when the country is going to hell in a handbag. People are hurting out here. Take off your blinders you fools and start thinking about what kind of world you want the unborn or un-conceived to live in!

    October 13, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. CommonMan

    GOP = Good for One Percent !!

    October 13, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |