The following comes from a May 28 release from the Family Research Council.

Liberals are more than happy to welcome illegal immigrants to America–it’s their unborn children they object to. Last week, Democrats tried to defend taxpayer-funded abortion as part of the long list of “perks” that detainees enjoy in Homeland Security’s federal detention centers.

The issue boiled over last spring when the office of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement tried to slip new guidelines past Congress that would have extended a host of benefits to illegal aliens that rival the average citizens’! And these aren’t your garden variety detainees. Most of the immigrants in Immigration’s care are convicted criminals who were transferred out of prison, where they were serving time for other charges. Even so, the Left has fought to give these detainees the best care that (taxpayers’) money can offer. Before the Family Research Council drew attention to the issue last March, Immigration was even prepared to offer government-sponsored hormone therapy for transgenders!

Now, the same Homeland Security that claims it doesn’t have enough money for detention beds is ready to finance abortions. As Rep. Hal Rodgers (R-Ky.) pointed out, “These are grim budget times. We don’t have carte blanche for even our most important security programs.” All the more reason, says Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), to put the brakes on Immigration’s abortion funding. Last Wednesday, Congressman Carter, Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, introduced language to stop the agency’s $46 billion funding bill from getting bogged down with the President’s radical social policy.

Under the Carter amendment, co-sponsored by our friends Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and Rep. Alan Nunnelee, (R-Miss.), Homeland Security would be barred from spending a single cent of government funding on abortion. The Committee passed a similar rider last year, but–like most appropriations measures–the abortion ban didn’t carry over from the 2013 funding bill. A day after Rep. Carter offered the amendment, it passed: 25-21. Now it heads to the House floor–along with the rest of the 92-page budget. “I will always support and remain committed to preserving the sanctity of life,” Carter vowed, “and as a committed member of the Pro-Life Caucus, I will continue to defend human life at all stages. The provision in this amendment will continue to ensure that federal taxpayer dollars will not fund abortion.”

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