Today is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., where thousands of pro-lifers will commemorate the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, by demonstrating against abortion and for the sanctity of life.
We’ll see if this mass demonstration gets as much media coverage as the recent Women’s March, which specifically excluded pro-life women. I suspect not.
But the pro-life cause is making progress. Abortion rates have dropped below the level they were before Roe v. Wade. (That ruling legalized abortion nation-wide. But it was already legal in some states.)
The number of abortion clinics has plummeted.
And the new Republican regime is implementing pro-life measures. President Trump signed an executive order stopping taxpayer dollars from promoting and supporting abortion overseas.
And the House of Representatives has just passed a bill that would make permanent the Hyde Amendment, preventing taxpayer money from paying for abortions in this country. (Currently, the Hyde Amendment has to be renewed every year. This bill would make it a permanent statute.) The measure also has language that applies the restriction to government subsidized insurance, to Obamacare or whatever replaces it. (Details after the jump.)
Also, prospects look good for defunding Planned Parenthood. And a pro-life Supreme Court justice is on the horizon.
There is still a lot to march about, but pro-lifers are at least making progress towards their destination. [Read more…]