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GOP House stands ‘unapologetically for life,' says Cantor

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorScalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement 2018 will test the power of political nobodies Ryan signals support for McCarthy as next GOP leader MORE (R-Va.) vowed Monday to leverage the "biggest and the most pro-life freshman class in memory" to institute a "permanent government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion."

Cantor told the tens of thousands of anti-abortion protesters in town for the annual March for Life event that the legislation faces "an uphill battle in the Senate and in the White House," but that "the people's House will stand unapologetically for life."

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"Now the tide has turned," Cantor said. "Thanks to your support last November, there's a new majority in town."

About a dozen lawmakers addressed the crowd for the annual protest that marks the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision on abortion. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, was the first to speak. He vowed to press forward with his bill that establishes a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for healthcare plans that cover abortion.

"We need your help in persuading the abortion president, who put abortion in ObamaCare — not withstanding a flawed executive order — to get this legislation passed," Smith said.

Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerLet's hold Facebook to the same standards as other players in the industry Cindy Hyde-Smith sworn in as Mississippi's latest senator Miss. Dem touts campaign poll saying he leads GOP candidates in Senate race MORE (R-Miss.) said he'd introduce legislation Tuesday that establishes in law that human life begins at conception. Wicker argues that the Supreme Court did not tie the hands of Congress in its Roe vs. Wade decision, because its decision left unresolved the question of when life begins and explicitly acknowledged that if "personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment."

The bill currently has five co-sponsors — Republican Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranSenate repeals auto-loan guidance in precedent-shattering vote Overnight Finance: Officials downplay Trump comments on trade, China currency | Fed official defends moves on bank regulation | Russia sanctions snag pits Kudlow against Haley | IRS deals with Tax Day tech trouble Senate to vote on repeal of CFPB auto-loan guidance MORE (Kan.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump downplays concerns over Pompeo confirmation: He'll be a great secretary of State Senators demand info on unusual surveillance activity in DC The Hill says goodbye to 50 Most Beautiful MORE (Ky.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntResolution allowing Duckworth to bring baby on floor headed to full Senate This week: House GOP plots path forward McConnell sends warning over nomination votes MORE (Mo.) — with more expected to join after the bill is formally introduced. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) introduced companion legislation in the House last week.

"We're here today to say we're not going to abandon the fight [against abortion]," Wicker said. "Sometimes it's defensive in nature, and heavens knows we've had a lot to defend against in the last two or three years. ... Tomorrow we take an offensive, and I like that a lot better."