Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
Sep 18 2015
U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing two separate bills on Friday afternoon to protect the life of unborn babies. Rogers joined his colleagues in voting for the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504).
"As documented in horrific videos recently uncovered, representatives of Planned Parenthood have displayed an abhorrent lack of concern and respect for innocent human lives. We simply cannot allow these alleged barbaric practices to continue," said Rogers, a longtime member of the Congressional Pro-Live Caucus. "Today, we stood up for life by passing legislation that will prevent a penny of Americans' tax dollars from supporting the work of Planned Parenthood while the organization is investigated for these allegations. It is difficult to justify federal investment in an organization with a moral compass so misguided that the harvesting of body parts of infants, even if they have been born alive, is acceptable. There are plenty of other health care providers dedicated solely to women's health issues that are eligible for and worthy of funding support."
The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 would place a one-year moratorium on any federal funding for Planned Parenthood while the organization's activities are under investigation. The funding would be redirected to Federally Qualified Health Centers to continue providing women's health care services.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require medical professionals to care for an infant born alive despite efforts to abort it. It also holds medical professionals responsible for any failure to care for these innocent babies, while protecting the rights of the mothers. Click here to watch a video testimonial of two born-alive survivors.
The bill also strengthens measures in the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that the House passed in May.
Both bills now head to the U.S. Senate for consideration.