House Votes 240-185 to Remove Funding for Planned Parenthood
By Susan Tyrrell • February 18, 2011 03:23 PM
Even Democrats joined in the chorus today as the House overwhelmingly voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Voting 240-185, the House voted in support of Rep. Mike Pence’s (R-IN) amendment that would bar federal funding of the abortion provider.
This historic vote came in light of Live Action’s undercover videos exposing multiple Planned Parenthoods’ willingness to aid in sex trafficking and offer advice on covert abortions for underage girls. Meanwhile, the nation has been shocked by Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors abortion clinic in Philadelphia. All of these events, no doubt, precipitated the decision in the House which will now go to the Senate floor.
While pro-life advocates shout for victory, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards immediately fired off a letter.
Minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood from all federal funding for any purpose whatsoever. That means no funding to Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other essential care.
Of course, Richards is once again crying wolf. As we have previously reported, Pence’s amendment doesn’t actually remove money that the government offers to health care providers, only those who kill babies as a result of having that money.
Planned Parenthood has crafted letters to the House and Senate. To the House they say:
How could you? How could you betray millions of women — and men, and teens — who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care? How could you condemn countless women in this country to undiagnosed cancer, unintended pregnancies, and untreated illnesses?… It was a vote against me.
What it was, actually, was a vote against the lying, deception, and death that takes place at the hand of all of our tax dollars. It was against deceit and against manipulation. And ultimately, it was against the very father of lies himself.
Make no mistake, this is a spiritual victory. As Richards herself wrote a few weeks ago, there’s been a “siege” against Planned Parenthood but the siege began a long time ago in the heavenly places by the faithful who pray. This victory was won in the heavenlies before it ever hit the House floor.
And we will continue. We will pray through the Senate vote; we will pray through the pro-abortion controversies; we will pray until every abortion clinic in America is a bad memory.
We stand against only one thing—the shedding of innocent blood. And that stand will not stop until the blood is no longer shed.
We praise God for this victory and we thank the United States House of Representatives that heard the voices of the voters they represent and stood for Life. That’s the kind of action for which God truly blesses a nation.
About the Author
Susan Tyrrell has her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University and teaches college to support her ballet habit.
This article was published in its entirety from bound4life.com.
I’ve been letting my elected leaders know my opinion on this. I even urged Chris Matthews of CNN to watch the Live Action videos if he really wants to know all that Planned Parenthood is doing. He really put it to Marjorie Dannenfelser and tried to make her look like an idiot because she wouldn’t just answer his question about whether Planned Parenthood provides birth control and health services to women. She tried to explain that they were doing illegal, unethical, immoral things, too, but he wouldn’t listen to any of that. He was trying desperately to defend taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and refused to hear anything to the contrary.
If they want to continue to offer services to women such as pap smears, treatment of diseases and birth control, they can stop doing abortions and cut their budget so that they can afford to do those things without federal funding. It’s not as if they have a right to federal funding!
They can’t be trusted with our money. I do not agree with them in any way and do not want to give them any of my money. And I know many people who feel the same way I do about it.