Another D.C. councilmember arrested for protesting abortion funding ban
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Weeks after a similar scene involving the mayor of Washington D.C., another D.C. councilmember has been arrested on Capitol Hill as she protested the abortion funding ban passed by the House of Representatives.
NBC Washington reported that D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh was taken into police custody Wednesday night with seven other protesters on Capitol Hill. Cheh was part of a protest against H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which applies a government-wide permanent ban on federal abortion funding, except in cases of rape and incest.
H.R.3 was passed by a comfortable margin by the House of Representatives yesterday. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi is expected to introduce the Senate’s twin of H.R. 3 into the upper chamber on Thursday.
Pro-abortion forces in the District are particularly opposed to the bill given that the city is directly overseen by the federal government; the bill would thus make permanent a ban on publicly-funded local abortions.
“I am proud to join the people today and my colleagues on the Council who were arrested last month in standing up for Home Rule and against Congressional meddling in the District budget,” Cheh said in a press release. “We must do everything we can at this critical juncture to oppose H.R. 3 and support the Budget Autonomy Act Delegate Norton has introduced.”
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton also lambasted H.R. 3 in a release, saying that it “specifically singles out low-income D.C. women for special abuse.”
D.C. mayor Vincent Gray was arrested last month for trespassing as he protested with other councilmembers after the House GOP succeeded in reinstating a funding ban on abortions in D.C. in the annual budget bill.
The ban, known as the Dornan amendment, is believed to save hundreds of lives every year of children in the District who would have been killed in abortions.
In an April 19 letter, pro-life House lawmakers warned D.C. officials to obey the ban, which had been illegally flouted in previous years.