President Codifies Pro-Life Language in Education Bill

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By: Scott Zipperle
Posted on: December 11, 2015

President Codifies Pro-Life Language in Education Bill

December 11, 2015
CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Every Student Succeeds Act Includes Prohibition on Abortion Funding

Washington, D.C – Today the President signed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan education bill that will replace No Child Left Behind. While the March for Life Education and Defense Fund takes no position on the underlying bill we applaud the inclusion of the codification of a new prohibition on abortion funding.  S. 1177 permanently codifies an abortion funding prohibition for the entire Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), for the first time adding the education authorization to the programs like the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and the Department of Defense that contain permanent pro-life funding protections.

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline deserves high praise for taking this initiative,” said Tom McClusky, Vice-President of March for Life Action. “The truth of the matter is that the abortion industry receives taxpayer funding through various parts of the Federal government. Chairman Kline saw the opportunity to stop one of those spigots and he turned it off, to the benefit of all taxpayers. While Americans seem divided on the issue of abortion, a large majority of the country agrees that taxpayers should not be subsidizing the abortion industry.”

If this is an example of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) vow to let Chairmen have more power over what comes to the House floor we fully support that, especially when Members like Rep. Kline show such pro-life forward thinking.”

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.  The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.

Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ryan Hughes at or (703) 739-5920.


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