Democrats lash out at Trump for ‘jeopardizing’ abortion
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Nearly 150 Democratic members of Congress sent President Trump a letter Monday lamenting that many leftist fears about "attacks on women's health" have "become a reality" during the first 100 days of his administration.
The letter was spearheaded by the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, but it only uses the word "abortion" once. Instead, the politicians relied on euphamisms like "choice," "reproductive healthcare," and "family planning."
The pro-life actions the signers found offensive are Trump's support for defunding Planned Parenthood, opposition to Obamacare, reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, and defunding of the pro-abortion United Nations agency that cooperates with China's coercive forced abortion regime.
Trump has made "appointments that jeopardize women's health," allowed states to give Title X funds to non-abortion providers instead of Planned Parenthood, and may cut a teen sex-ed program.
"Decades of progress on women's health and their rights have been rolled back under your leadership," the letter said. "We find it especially unacceptable that your administration has prioritized" the above pro-life policies. Axing the Obama administration's regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood "threatens access to birth control for four million people who depend on Title X."
Seven of the eight actions to which the Democrats are opposed caused the Susan B. Anthony List to declare that "this is a new era" for the pro-life movement.
"At the start of his presidency, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Memorandum to reinstate the Mexico City Policy which stops U.S. taxpayer funding of the abortion industry overseas," the pro-life group wrote in its analysis of Trump's first 100 days. "The Mexico City Policy does not reduce foreign assistance, rather it ensures that U.S. international aid partners act consistently to save lives, rather than promoting and performing abortion."
And "rather than fund ... human rights abuses" in China through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), taxpayer money "will now be made available for maternal health and other initiatives."
"We thank President Trump and his team and look forward to working with them to push through additional victories for the unborn throughout the duration of his presidency," said Marjorie Dannenfelser of SBA List.
The Democrats' letter called UNFPA "one of the most wide-reaching and vital sources of child and maternal health and contraceptive[s] in the world."
It's "catastrophic" and "harmful" that the United States won't be funding abortion organizations abroad, the letter says. It says people in some countries rely on abortion-promoting and committing organizations for "maternal healthcare."
The recent confirmations of Jeff Sessions and Tom Price as Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Human Services "are the most high-profile examples of you working to stock the government with anti-choice voices," it says. And the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court "puts Roe v. Wade at risk."
Trump's attacks on the abortion agenda have been "unrelenting," Rep. Diana DeGette, D-CO, tweeted in her promotion of the letter.