Thanks for bearing with me. A lot has happened in my absence. Two highlights out of Congress:
First, the DISCLOSE Act was defeated. The DISCLOSE Act was written in response to a recent Supreme Court decision holding that certain campaign finance reform laws unconstitutionally limited corporate speech. Pro-life groups opposed the DISCLOSE Act because its impact would not have been limited to corporate lobbyists; it would have also imposed restrictions on legitimate public interest groups, including pro-life organizations like the National Right to Life Committee.
Second, representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Linkinski (D-IL) have introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. If passed, it would create a consistent, stable, government-wide policy. Currently, different restrictions apply to different government programs, and many of those restrictions have to be renewed annually (such as the Hyde Amendment). The measure has bipartisan pro-life support, but expect abortion advocates to put up a serious fight.