Joe Carter is asking a very interesting question over at the FRC Blog re: the funding of the Congress approved Ryan White Early Diagnosis Grant Program. The program has successfully reduced HIV related infection rates via prenatal HIV testing and treatment. However, it seems someone (low-level staffers from the CDC?) is trying to submarine the whole idea by including language in the appropriations bill to prohibit funding for the program. Section 20613(b) of H.J.Res. 20 states: (b) None of the funds appropriated by this division may be used to: (1) implement section 2625 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300ff-33; relating to the Ryan White early diagnosis grant program). Joe rightfully asks, “This provision does not save any money but simply prohibits funds to help identify these toddlers. In fact, the funding was already included in President Bushâ€™s FY08 budget request. So why would anyone insert this language into the bill?” Good question, Joe. I wonder if defining life prior to birth has anything to do with it?