By Erin Jobes
Earlier this year, Congressman James “Jim” Jordan (R-Ohio) announced he will be running for Speaker of the House. Paul Ryan, the current Speaker, says he plans to retire at the end of his term.
Jordan is a strong pro-life advocate, and highly outspoken against the infamies of Planned Parenthood. In 2015, Jordan and others questioned Planned Parenthood’s then-CEO Cecile Richards regarding allegations the abortion giant was selling the body parts of aborted babies for profit. Richards never gave a direct answer to his questions. Jordan is also known for making pro-life legislation a priority in the U.S House of Representatives.
Jordan said in a statement to Journal-News, “President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people. Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what we said.”
It will not be an easy win for Jordan though; at least two other pro-life Representatives are expected to run for Speaker of the House. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, have both expressed their intent to run. In addition, Republicans will have to maintain control of the House to even be able to have a candidate run for Speaker, which may not be an easy feat. According to a recent poll, Democrats are favored to win the majority over Republicans 51 to 39 percent.
Jordan is most likely going to have the 30-plus votes from the House Freedom Caucus, but that still leaves 218 votes required to win speakership.
Regardless of who wins, we can only hope a pro-life official replaces Paul Ryan.