by Steven Ertelt
February 2, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama released his FY 2011 budget on Monday and it contains provisions that will force Americans to pay for abortions in the United States and promoting abortion abroad. The budget takes advantage of Congress having overturned the ban on abortion funding in the nation’s capital.
Obama’s FY 2010 budget contained a new policy allowing public funding for abortion in the District of Columbia and Congress eventually approved overturning the Dornan amendment that had long banned funding.
Page 1248 of Obama’s proposed budget requests that public funding for abortion in the District of Columbia be continued.
As was the case last year, the Obama budget also proposes overturning another ban on abortion funding — concerning the Legal Services Corporation.
Congress has previously approved budgets that retain a long-standing prohibition on the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal help to lower-income Americans, providing legal counseling to any person or entity “that participates in any litigation with respect to abortion.”
Page 1284 of the proposed budget Obama submitted to Congress includes a change to that law that would result in LSC funds going to people or groups that engage in abortion litigation provided that LSC funds are not used directly for the litigation.
Still, the concern for pro-life advocates is that the money is fungible and LSC is essentially reimbursed for providing legal advice and support for people or groups that are in lawsuits related to obtaining abortions.
Obama proposed this pro-abortion funding in his previous budget but members of Congress agreed on retaining the current abortion funding ban.
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