Calls on House to Pass No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
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January 4, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today March for Life Action announced the launch of a new and comprehensive Pro-Life Scorecard used to identify and measure national pro-life legislation to keep citizens informed and holding elected representatives accountable. The January 2017 launch is timed around the start of the 115th Congress, one of the more pro-life Congresses in recent history.
“March for Life Action welcomes the 115th Congress and looks forward to working with them to achieve actual pro-life successes,” said Tom McClusky, March for Life Vice President of Government Affairs. “A new tool we have added is an annual Pro-Life Scorecard. However, we aren’t just looking to maintain the pro-life status quo by only tallying votes. We will also use the Scorecard to recognize and identify sponsors of pro-life bills, as well as highlight Members of Congress who promote pro-life legislation in relevant committees and go to the House and Senate floor to speak on pro-life issues.”
The Scorecard will help ensure accountability of Members to their constituents while identifying true defenders and opponents of the unborn in the U.S. Congress. This year’s March for Life theme, “The Power of One”, parallels the Scorecard goals, emphasizing how one determined leader can have a lasting impact on the lives of the most vulnerable. “At March for Life Action we aren’t just looking for politicians who vote pro-life – we are looking for pro-life champions in the mold of Henry Hyde,” said McClusky.
McClusky announced that the first issue the organization hopes to score will be on taxpayer funding of abortion. Recent Marist polling shows 62% of the American public opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. “For decades the American people have overwhelmingly opposed their hard earned tax dollars paying for abortion. We are pushing for taxpayer funding of abortion to be one of the first pro-life votes that will take place in the early part of the 115th Congress, and we call on the House of Representatives to put forth and pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act during the month of January,” said McClusky.
March for Life Action looks forward to 2017 as an opportunity to continue building a world where every human life is valued and protected.