Congressman Mike Pence (R.Ind), has been a tireless advocate of driving Worse Than Murder, Inc, a\k\a Planned Parenthood away from the Federal trough. Last week on January 7, he reintroduced his bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Here is his statement:
“It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad.
“Last year, Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in revenue from government grants and contracts. During that same time, they performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions.
“The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X.
“The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act will prevent any family planning funds under Title X from going to Planned Parenthood or other organizations that perform abortions. It will ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal tax dollars.
“I am grateful for the support of more than 122 original co-sponsors of this important legislation and look forward to voting to enact the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.”
The Pence Amendment will almost certainly pass in the House. It faces an uphill fight in the Senate, but more than a few Democrats up for re-election might well hesitate on voting to fund Planned Parenthood in a time of such fiscal stringency. Of course, if Pence and the Republicans stick to their guns on this, and strip all budget bills of funding for Planned Parenthood, eventually the Senate and the President will have to capitulate in order to get a budget bill passed. It should be an interesting battle, and one in which all pro-lifers should make their wishes heard.