A candidate who is challenging House Speaker John Boehner for his Ohio congressional district seat says the Republican has another opportunity this week to do a great deal to protect the lives of the unborn, but probably won't.
Pro-life candidate David Lewis said the current resolution continuing the federal government's funding of abortion expires at the end of the week, and Boehner could vote to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion industry player.
However, Lewis said, "If the past is any indication of the future, the speaker, John Boehner, will support the passage of the new continuing resolution, even though it funds the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood."
Lewis was referring to Boehner's voting record.
"There have been four continuing resolutions that have passed this year that fund Planned Parenthood [including HR 1473]… Mr. Boehner has had four opportunities this year alone to defund Planned Parenthood," Lewis stated. "His fifth opportunity will be this week. Will Mr. Boehner betray the babies again, or will he step up to the plate and defund Planned Parenthood? I have a suspicion that he will once again vote to give money to baby killers; I pray that he proves me wrong."
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When Boehner's office was contacted for comment on the voting record and future voting intentions regarding taxpayer-funded abortion, nothing was addressed about his voting record.
"By tradition, the speaker does not usually vote in the House," press secretary Michael Steel told WND.
But Lewis shows proof indicating the speaker has, in fact, voted on the federal funding of abortion:
"John Boehner broke tradition by voting for Planned Parenthood funding in HR 1473 on April of this year," he said. "Planned Parenthood is the largest murderer of unborn babies in the U.S. On April 14, 2011, Boehner voted yea on HR 1473. HR 1473 authorized $300,000,000 for Title X funding, which is where Planned Parenthood gets their money from."
Lewis cited official roll call that includes Boehner's vote, as well as the text of the current resolution.
"Speaker Boehner is on record stating that he would not shut the government down over Planned Parenthood funding," Lewis added. "House Republicans follow Mr. Boehner's example. If Mr. Boehner wants to be taken seriously by the pro-life community, then he will have to make defunding Planned Parenthood and criminalizing abortion a 'hill to die on.' So far Mr. Boehner has not showed any indication that he is willing to do this."
He suggested doubts about Boehner's pro-life position.
"Mr. Boehner claims to be pro-life but has taken no stance or significant action to end legalized child-killing," Lewis expressed. "If I were a member of the House, I would work tirelessly for a bill that makes it a criminal act to kill a baby from conception until birth."
Lewis then mentioned how the speaker's pro-life platform doesn't match up with actions.
"Earlier this year Mr. Boehner stated: 'there will be an opportunity some time in order to [defund Planned Parenthood] and we're looking for that opportunity,'" Lewis told WND. "The opportunity is now, the House of Representatives controls the purse strings of the federal government."
And Lewis contends that Boehner had ample opportunities in the past, but went the other way.
"No money gets appropriated without the House's approval," Lewis stated. "When Rep. Steven King proposed a rule that would have totally defunded Obamacare, John Boehner and his Rules Committee rejected the rule. John Boehner is the sole reason that Obamacare is still funded. Later, the House passed a shill piece of legislation to defund Obamacare, knowing that it would be dead on arrival when it reached the Senate."
When asked about this week's vote, Lewis had little hope that Boehner would come through on his promise to stand up for the rights of preborn children.
"Harry Reid in the Senate has vowed that he would shut down the government if Planned Parenthood funding is removed from the budget," Lewis said. "John Boehner will not make a similar promise to shut down the government if funding to Planned Parenthood is not removed, even though babies' lives literally hang in the balance."
Does Lewis believe much has changed regarding taxpayer funding of abortion since Boehner has replaced former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi?
"Very little has been done for the unborn since John Boehner replaced Nancy Pelosi," Lewis said. "John Boehner's equivocation and compromise when it comes to protecting life is startling. Every year that John Boehner compromises another million babies die."
And Lewis argues that Boehner's lack of action to protect life is nothing out of the ordinary.
"Mr. Boehner is an establishment D.C. insider," Lewis remarked. "Mr. Boehner has had 20 years in the House of Representatives to work to make child-killing a criminal act. It is time for Christian citizens to kick out establishment insiders who are part of the problem and to take the reins of power so that legalized child-killing can be eradicated."
Lewis vows that he will not stand by on the sidelines while pro-abortionists are allowed to have their way.
"I will be running hard-hitting, graphic TV ads during the primary season showing the victims of choice all over the air waves," Lewis shared. "Because of FEC regulations, TV stations with FCC licenses are required to run my ads. You can see the types of ads that I will be running at http://www.davidlewisforcongress.com.%22/
Troy Newman, president of the nationally recognized pro-life organization Operation Rescue, would also like to see Republicans stand on commitments to protect the lives of preborn children.
"This week's vote is a critical test to see if the new Republican majority will hold to its campaign promises or if they will continue the status quo," Newman told WND. "If the House Republicans fail on this vote, then we will mobilize to defeat them, as well as pro-abortion Democrats."
Newman emphasizes that Democrats will do all they can to forward their pro-abortion agenda.
"It is noteworthy to point out that Obama, in the last budget talks, was willing to shut down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood," Newman added. "This is an extreme position that shows he is willing to put the future of our country in jeopardy in order to kill more children. Shameful."
David Lewis is a member of the Insurrecta Nex team associated with Randall Terry.
I was in Catholic Seminary for 4 years, and left in the mid 80's. I have been involved in health care since that time, having worked in psychiatric units, community mental health centers, and ran my own private practice for over 15 years. I have continued with my interst in Biblical studies, especially in the area of prophecy. I also took an interest in finances, initially to help out my married clinents who had financial difficulties.