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Votes Are What Count More Than Statements – 2010 US Senate Elections

The U.S. Senate defeated on January 28, 2009 an amendment, introduced by Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL), that would have restored the Mexico City Policy to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill.



President Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy last Friday, January 23, 2009, allowing U.S. international aid dollars to flow to nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortions abroad.



Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL)

This policy is not about reducing aid. It is instead about ensuring that family planning funds are given to organizations dedicated to reducing abortions instead of promoting them.





The Martinez amendment failed by a vote of 37-60.



Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) was joined by Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), in introducing H.R. 708, aimed at restoring the abortion-neutral Mexico City Policy. This 25-year old guideline establishes a wall of separation between abortion and family planning by ensuring that U.S. international family planning funds directed to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could not be used to actively promote or perform abortion as a method of family planning.



This bill would reverse one of the first acts of newly sworn-in President Barack Obama, who quietly issued an edict late Friday, Jan. 23, to allow U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund radically pro-abortion organizations around the world.



Smith, a long time champion of the Mexico City Policy defended the policy in the House during the Reagan and both Bush administrations and introduced Amendments to restore the policy throughout the Clinton administration.



Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ)

One of President Barrack Obama’s first acts in office was to issue an executive order to allow U.S. taxpayer money to flow to groups that perform abortions or actively work to overturn pro-life laws all over the world. It’s a sad statement about his list of priorities. With Americans facing an economic crisis the likes of which we’ve not seen in generations, he chooses to enact a policy that will redirect funds to foreign organizations promoting and conducting abortions.



The Mexico City Policy represents common ground. It has allowed the US to substantially fund international family planning without padding the budgets of radical groups intent on spreading the scourge of abortion. Under the Mexico City policy, funding for family planning was not reduced one penny. The President’s decision will shift U.S. funding from true family planning programs to programs that provide and promote abortion with little or no regard for the sovereignty of democratic nations that oppose abortion as a method of family planning.





Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

With one swift stroke of his pen, our new President gave the green light for the execution of thousands of pre-born children whose parents will find it easier to deny them the right to enter this world. I can think of no clearer signal to illustrate our changing times, and highlight the fact that after 14 years of relatively easy times, we pro-lifers now face a huge challenge in our cause to protect the life of the innocent unborn children who have no voice but ours to speak out for their survival.





Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.



An amendment introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker to the omnibus spending bill, seeking to prohibit the UNFPA from receiving U.S. funding, was defeated March 5, 2009 in a 55-39 vote.



Passing the amendment would effectively have stopped $50 million in the omnibus bill from going to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an organization that has been shown to be involved in the implementation of China’s one-child policy, which includes coercive abortion and sterilization practices.



Rejecting the amendment goes right past the moderate “a woman should have the right to choose” political position to the radical “a government should have the power to force abortion and sterilization in order to control population” political position.



Overview of 2010 US Senate elections for potentially 37 seats



Democratic incumbents

Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas

Barbara Boxer of California

Michael Bennet of Colorado

Christopher Dodd of Connecticut

Daniel Inouye of Hawaii

Roland Burris of Illinois

Evan Bayh of Indiana

Barbara Mikulski of Maryland

Harry Reid of Nevada

Kirsten Gillibrand of New York

Chuck Schumer of New York

Byron Dorgan of North Dakota

Ron Wyden of Oregon

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Patty Murray of Washington

Russ Feingold of Wisconsin



Republican incumbents

Richard Shelby of Alabama

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

John McCain of Arizona

Johnny Isakson of Georgia

Mike Crapo of Idaho

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

Jim Bunning of Kentucky

David Vitter of Louisiana

Judd Gregg of New Hampshire

Richard Burr of North Carolina

Tom Coburn of Oklahoma

Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania

Jim DeMint of South Carolina

John Thune of South Dakota

Bob Bennett of Utah



Retiring Senators

Ted Kaufman (D) of Delaware

Kit Bond (R) of Missouri

Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas

Mel Martinez (R) of Florida

George Voinovich (R) of Ohio

Judd Gregg (R) of New Hampshire



Rumored to be out of the Senate

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas (to become Governor instead of Senator)

Johnny Isakson (R) of Georgia (to become Governor instead of Senator)

Jim Bunning (R) of Kentucky (retire)

Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma (retire)



The vile Senators on my list who voted Nay on the Mel Martinez amendment

Lisa Murkowski (R) of Alaska

Blanche Lincoln (D) of Arkansas

Barbara Boxer (D) of California

Michael Bennet (D) of Colorado

Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut

Ted Kaufman (D) of Delaware

Daniel Inouye (D) of Hawaii

Roland Burris (D) of Illinois

Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana

Barbara Mikulski (D) of Maryland

Harry Reid (D) of Nevada

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York

Chuck Schumer (D) of New York

Byron Dorgan (D) of North Dakota

Ron Wyden (D) of Oregon

Arlen Specter (R) of Pennsylvania

Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont

Patty Murray (D) of Washington

Russ Feingold (D) of Wisconsin



The even more vile Senators on my list who voted Nay on the Roger Wicker amendment

Blanche Lincoln (D) of Arkansas

Barbara Boxer (D) of California

Michael Bennet (D) of Colorado

Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut

Ted Kaufman (D) of Delaware

Daniel Inouye (D) of Hawaii

Roland Burris (D) of Illinois

Barbara Mikulski (D) of Maryland

Harry Reid (D) of Nevada

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York

Chuck Schumer (D) of New York

Byron Dorgan (D) of North Dakota

Ron Wyden (D) of Oregon

Arlen Specter (R) of Pennsylvania

Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont

Patty Murray (D) of Washington

Russ Feingold (D) of Wisconsin




So I have a list of 17 Ds and 2 Rs that the Right to Life organizations should wish to see voted out of office in 2010. I encourage all who care about this issue to save this list of Senators who were on the wrong side of these two important amendments. There will be more important votes coming up between now and November, 2010. I recognize that sometimes it just feels like an exercise in futility to defeat an incumbent US Senator, but the importance of the issues require that we must exercise.

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