Why a Delay of Obamacare Repeal Threatens Pro-Life Goals

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(The Daily Signal) As thousands gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to participate in the March for Life, troubling signs are appearing that congressional Republicans may not be as committed to the life agenda as they once were.

The pro-life movement has long advocated stripping funds to America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The movement has also supported the right to religious liberty for those organizations who have conscience objections to paying for contraception.

(It was the latter issue, you may recall, that was challenged when the Obama administration decided to sue Catholic nuns in the Supreme Court.)

In 2015, the pro-life movement secured a victory in both these areas with the passage of an Obamacare repeal bill that eliminated taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and protected conscience rights.

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Though the bill was later vetoed by President Barack Obama, the 2015 bill is reportedly being used as baseline architecture for the 2017 repeal effort.

Unfortunately, certain congressional Republicans no longer seem to be on the same page with pro-lifers.

Just this week, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., introduced a bill designed to keep parts of Obamacare in place—but even worse, their bill actually went further than Obamacare in funding abortion coverage.

(For a detailed explanation of how, see here. A Cassidy staffer told Yahoo News that the bill will be altered, but until it is, conservatives should be concerned.)

Then there is the news from the Republican retreat in Philadelphia this week, where House Speaker Paul Ryan is looking to delay the repeal of Obamacare until the spring or summer.

This is hugely problematic, as a delay of Obamacare is the first step toward ensuring the effort never happens at all….

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