House GOP leaders told antiabortion protesters Monday they would continue efforts to ensure no federal funds are spent on the procedure, singling out Democratic lawmakers who have joined their efforts.
"We are heeding the voice of the people, who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortion," House Speaker John A. Boehner said in opening remarks at the 39th annual March for Life in Washington. "With your help, this bipartisan majority is standing up for life and working to restore the damage of Roe v. Wade."
Already, the federal government blocks direct funding of abortions through Medicaid and other federal programs through the so-called Hyde Amendment, which faces periodic renewal.
The GOP-led House has approved legislation that makes the law permanent, but opponents have portrayed such measures as extreme. The law provides exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest or that endanger the life of the woman.