Politics - U.S.Fri Dec 21, 2012 - 12:53 pm EST
Pro-abortion Senator jokes about Boehner’s support for 'Plan B'
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 21, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com – A pro-abortion senator found levity in the fiscal cliff negotiations, tying Speaker John Boehner’s financial proposals to an abortion-inducing drug.
Boehner and President Obama are locked in negotiations to avoid a series of mandated tax increases and spending cuts that will take place if the government cannot come to an agreement.
The President wants to raise taxes on Americans making more than $250,000 a year. The Speaker labeled his counter-offer – to raise taxes on people earning a million dollars or more – “Plan B.”
That is also the brand name for one version of the morning-after pill.
“I actually got really excited when I heard Speaker Boehner tracking up ‘Plan B,’” Senator Patty Murray, D-WA, said at a press conference on Thursday. “I thought, ‘Finally, they’ve made progress on a really important women’s health issue that I’ve been working on.’”
“That was not the case,” Sen. Murray joked.
The House has made no efforts to ban so-called “emergency contraception,” which can work as an abortifacient by thinning the endometrium and preventing a newly conceived embryo from implanting in the uterus.
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Ultimately, it was Boehner’s Plan B that was aborted. He pulled his proposal after a group of House conservatives, citing the nation’s desire to cut spending rather than raise taxes, indicated they would not vote for it.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council said, “I commend the leadership exhibited by U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan, R-OH; Louie Gohmert, R-TX; and Tim Huelskamp, R-KS.”
At a press conference, Huelskamp said, “Our leadership has proposed a trillion-dollar revenue increase over the next 10 years, and I think that’s overwhelmingly opposed by most Republicans.”
Boehner recently denied leadership positions to Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Justin Amash, and David Schweikert because they did not vote the party line often enough.
Conservative leader Richard Viguerie went further in his criticism than Huelskamp. “The only way we conservatives are going to…advance the conservative agenda, let alone change the trajectory of spending, is to get a new Speaker,” he said.
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