President Trump has already starting making good on his campaign promises while Congress lags behind. The first bill proposed by the new Congress was H.R.7, named The Hyde Amendment. The Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding abortions through Medicaid.
President Trump has always made it very clear to his supporters that pro-life issues were very important to him and he even signed an executive order that cut federal funding for abortions overseas as one of his first executive orders. Congress is now backing the new president by making this ban on funding for abortions domestically as well.
Via Live Action News: “Today, January 24, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R.7 by a vote of 238 to 183, making the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions through Medicaid.
“We are a pro-life Congress,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan in a statement. “Today we renewed our commitment to the Hyde Amendment with the passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. I want to thank Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) for his tireless commitment to this cause. This legislation protects the conscience of American taxpayers by ensuring that not a single dollar of their hard-earned money goes to fund abortions. As hundreds of thousands of Americans flock to Washington for the March for Life, we must never forget that defending all of our people – especially the defenseless – must be our top priority if we want to be a good and moral nation.”
Pro-lifers have even more hope for the future with speculation about President Trump’s possible candidates for the Supreme court nomination being pro-life. If he is successful in fulfilling his promises made on the campaign trail, this could be the best years for pro-life legislation in decades.
I will be making my Supreme Court pick on Thursday of next week.Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Speculations as to who is on his short list include:
Neil Gorsuch of Colorado who is a strict adherent of originalism – he believes that the Constitution should be interpreted based on the intent of the Founders.
William Pryor of Alabama who has been the conservatives’ justice-in-waiting for years. He once criticized the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, as “the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history.”
Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, a judge who has maintained a solidly conservative record on issues involving guns, searches, police officers and prison guards.