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Boehner: 'Pro-Life' Democrats Can't Hide Behind an Executive Order

GOP Leader: "Make no mistake, a 'yes' vote on the Democrats' health care bill is a vote for taxpayer-funded abortions."

Contact: Michael Steel, Kevin Smith, 202-225-4000

WASHINGTON, March 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on a potential Executive Order from the White House on abortion:

    "The law of the land trumps any Executive Order, which can be reversed or altered at the stroke of a pen by this or any subsequent President without any congressional approval or notice.  Moreover, while an Executive Order can direct members of the executive branch, it cannot direct the private sector.
     
    "Because of Roe v. Wade, courts have interpreted the decision as a statutory mandate that the government must provide federal funding for elective abortion through federal programs.  In other words, no Executive Order or regulation can override a statutory mandate unless Congress passes a law that prohibits federal funding from being used in this manner.  Legal experts at the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, and Family Research Council have confirmed this view that if the Senate bill is signed into law, it is a statutory mandate for the new health plans to include federal funding of elective abortion.  The need for an Executive Order is evidence that this is true, and Congressional Democrats know it.  Make no mistake, a 'yes' vote on the Democrats' health care bill is a vote for taxpayer-funded abortions."