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Obama nominee: Taxpayer-funded abortion is a free speech right

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 27, 2009 10:02 AM

GOP Sen. Jim DeMint flags the testimony of deputy Secretary of State nominee James Steinberg, who believes that abortion subsidies are constitutionally protected.

From Sen. DeMint’s blog:

James B. Steinberg, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Deputy Secretary of State, claimed in written testimony to the Foreign Relations Committee that Congress cannot constitutionally restrict taxpayer funding to perform or promote abortions. Mr. Steinberg stated that the Mexico City policy, which bars taxpayer funding of abortions overseas, “is an unnecessary restriction that, if applied to organizations based in this country, would be an unconstitutional limitation on free speech.”

Steinberg’s opinion is in direct contradiction to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already definitively decided the matter in Rust v. Sullivan in 1991. The court’s majority opinion concluded: “The Government has no constitutional duty to subsidize an activity merely because it is constitutionally protected, and may validly choose to allocate public funds for medical services relating to childbirth but not to abortion.”

Hey, maybe Nancy Pelosi should bring Steinberg’s view to the attention of President Obama — who just threw her family planning cash under the stimulus bus.

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