Message to the 3RD Congressional District in Kansas:
Committed pro-life U.S. House member Kevin Yoder of Kansas is being incorrectly described by an opponent as not being pro-life.
This is an inaccurate and unfair attack by political newcomer Greg Goode, who wants Yoder’s seat.
Both Kansans for Life and the National Right to Life Committee were pleased to be able to give an early endorsement to Rep. Yoder, based on his pro-life voting record.
Here’s the truth about the appropriations vote & abortion funding
It is incorrect to assert that a Congressman is “not really pro-life” if they voted in favor of the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill (H.R. 2029).
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee said in June that:
“NO MEMBER OF CONGRESS DID ANYTHING CONTRARY TO PRO-LIFE INTERESTS BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF THE OMNIBUS
APPROPRIATIONS BILL IN DECEMBER.”
She went on to say the following:
“The bill preserved existing pro-life laws such as the Hyde Amendment, and contrary to some claims, it contained no earmark, line item, or specific appropriation for Planned Parenthood.”
“National Right to Life took no position on that appropriations bill, which passed the U.S. House on December 18, 2015, by a vote of 316-113, and subsequently passed the Senate and was enacted into law.”
“Most of Planned Parenthood funding comes though federal programs such as Medicaid, and to prevent this would require enactment of a new pro-life law.””
“The 2015 appropriations bill was ill-suited to serve as a vehicle for enacting such a new pro-life law, because an omnibus appropriations bill is subject to filibuster, requiring a 60 vote majority to overcome—which pro-lifers don’t have in the Senate.”
Instead, the National Right to Life Committee and a number of other organizations, including the Family Research Council, advocated enactment of another kind of bill to bar funding for Planned Parenthood as part of the budget “reconciliation” bill (H.R. 3762), a type of bill which importantly was not subject to filibuster.
The House gave preliminary approval to the new pro-life budget “reconciliation” bill which included language defunding Planned Parenthood, on October 23, 2015, and it subsequently won Senate approval as well, since it was not subject to filibuster, requiring only 51 votes to pass in the Senate.
This was the vote that NRLC “scored” and required pro-life lawmakers to support and indeed Rep. Yoder did precisely that.
Rep. Yoder voted for the key bill to actually defund Planned Parenthood!
As expected, President Obama vetoed H.R. 3762 — just as he would have vetoed any appropriations bill or other type of bill that limited funding for Planned Parenthood.
However, the filibuster-avoiding path blazed by H.R. 3762 can be employed to enact a prohibition on funding for Planned Parenthood, once there is a president in office willing to sign it.
Mary Kay Culp
State Executive Director
Kansans for Life