Jan 22, 2023
GOP Lawmakers Take Aim at College Campuses Distributing Abortion Drugs
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by Mary Margaret Olohan
Republican lawmakers are introducing pro-life legislation aimed at protecting babies with Down syndrome and stopping college campuses from distributing abortion pills to students.
Introduced by Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy in the House and Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines in the Senate, the Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2023 would prohibit “the award of federal funds to an institution of higher education that hosts or is affiliated with a student-based service site that provides abortion drugs or abortions” to students or university employees.
“A college dorm room is no place to have a do-it-yourself abortion, and the American taxpayer should not be paying for the destruction of innocent human life on our college campuses,” Roy told The Daily Signal in a statement. “But, as we already know, what the abortion industry really cares about are profits—not the welfare of mothers or the integrity of higher learning.”
Colleges or universities that provide abortion drugs or abortions to students of the institution would be barred from receiving federal funding under the legislation, and to remain eligible for federal funds, colleges and universities with “school based service sites” would submit annual reports to the secretaries of the Education and Health Departments “certifying that no such site provides abortion drugs or abortions” to students or employees.
The term abortion drug, according to the legislation, means any drug or substance used to intentionally kill an unborn child or to end the pregnancy with an intention other than producing a live birth, removing a deceased unborn child, or treating an ectopic pregnancy.
“Every life is created with God-given dignity and potential—no matter how small or how many chromosomes they may have,” Daines told The Daily Signal. “We are making great strides to build a culture of life in America but there is more work to be done. Now more than ever it’s critical we continue our fight on the federal level to be a voice for the most vulnerable and protect young moms from the dangers of do-it-yourself chemical abortions.”
“Unfortunately, the state of California now requires every public university in the state to provide abortions to their students,” Roy added. “The Protecting Life on College Campus[es] Act is about guarding young college women and their unborn children from the predatory abortion industry’s radical and reckless push for universal access to abortions.”
The Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2023 is supported by a number of pro-life and pro-family groups, including former Vice President Mike Pence’s Advancing American Freedom, which included the legislation in its “Future of Freedom” roadmap to promoting human dignity and religious freedom.
“Chemical abortions present severe complications such as hemorrhaging, infection, and physical and emotional trauma, and students should be protected from these dangerous drugs,” Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life America, said in a statement. “As the Biden administration continues to strip away life-saving regulations on chemical abortion, legislators across the country are working hard to safeguard moms and babies in their states.”
Daines also introduced the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act, which makes it illegal for a doctor to knowingly perform an abortion because the baby has or might have Down Syndrome. If the doctor wonders if Down syndrome is a contributing factor, the legislation would require the doctor to first ask the mother if she is aware of a test result showing her child has Down syndrome and to let her know about the law.
“Every life is created with God-given dignity and potential—no matter how small or how many chromosomes they may have,” Daines said in a statement. “We are making great strides to build a culture of life in America but there is more work to be done. Now more than ever it’s critical we continue our fight on the federal level to be a voice for the most vulnerable and protect young moms from the dangers of do-it-yourself chemical abortions.”
The bill also would protect the mother from prosecution but impose fines or imprisonment of up to five years on the abortion doctors who violated the law.
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Mary Margaret Olohan is a senior reporter for The Daily Signal. She previously reported for The Daily Caller and The Daily Wire, where she covered national politics as well as social and cultural issues. Email her at [email protected]
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Bill Maher Calls Out Environmentalist Celebs, Politicians for Flying Private Jets, Admits He Does Too: I Cant Take Being a Hypocrite
Bill Maher blasted environmentalist celebrities and politicians using private jets as hypocrisy, but also admitted he does too, comparing the experience to heroin.
In the closing segment of Real Time with Bill Maher, the HBO host showed a collage of photos of celebrities and politicians enjoying private jet trips, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Maher admitted to flying private himself, noting recent debacles at airports over the holidays as a perfect example of why to skip them if you can. The comedian did take issue with those preaching for others to do one thing, while they do another though.
“All the environmentalists of Hollywood and Washington do it. Their position on climate change is ‘We must do more to stop pouring carbon into the air, except for me when I wanted to go somewhere and then I take a private jet,'” Maher joked. “It turns out there is one thing in this world that is completely impossible to resist, and this is it. It’s like heroin. If you do it once, you’ll never stop.”
The comedian also at one point honed in on climate czar John Kerry using a private jet, saying it’s “like if the secretary of Homeland Security smuggled drugs in his butt.”
“People take jets to environmental conferences! If you could run TED Talks on hypocrisy, you wouldn’t need coal. Look, sorry, not sorry. I tried to do my part to the environment. I never had kids, the one thing worse for the planet than private jets,” he said.
Maher did call for “something serious” to be done about the environment, but recalled he’d suffered through a first generation Prius and Tesla in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same only to find no one did. The comedian declared those cars “sucked.”
“Everyone else is full of shit and I’m done being full of shit,” he said. “I can take being a bad environmentalist because almost all of us are, but I can’t take being a hypocrite.”
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