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US Senate passes budget amendment to prevent taxpayer funding of abortions

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Burke regarding the U.S. Senate’s passage Tuesday of Sen. James Lankford’s budget resolution amendment that protects against taxpayer funding of abortion:

“Every innocent life deserves to be protected. Ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not pay for abortions has saved lives, and it is a policy that continues to receive support from a majority of Americans. American taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to fund abortions or to subsidize the dangerous work of abortionists. In the wake of the House of Representatives’ recent rejection of the Hyde and Weldon amendments, we are especially pleased to see the Senate vote in favor of bipartisan policies that support women and protect human life. We commend Sens. Lankford, Daines, and Blunt for taking a stand for life by introducing this important amendment and for the senators who joined them by voting in favor of it.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Denise Burke

Denise Burke serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Legislative Advocacy. In this role, she works to protect life from conception to natural death and to defend the conscience rights of healthcare professionals. Prior to joining ADF, Burke served as vice president of legal affairs for Americans United for Life. She began her career with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Air Force, both on active duty and in the reserve. Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, she served as an instructor at the USAF JAG School and on the editorial board of the Air Force Law Review. In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Burke volunteered to serve again on active duty. In recognition of her service, the Air Force awarded her the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. A member of the state bar of Texas, Burke is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and multiple federal district and appellate courts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland, followed by her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University.