Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pro-life Congress: De-Fund Abortion Industry

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) vows, if he becomes chair of the House Appropriations Committee, to stop the federal funding of abortions, while Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) plans to re-introduce the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to strip all funding from Planned Parenthood.

UPDATE 1/20/11: Rep. Chris Smith introduces HR3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act"

UPDATE 1/7/11: Rep. Mike Pence Introduces HR 217 to Stop Tax Dollars from Going to Planned Parenthood

-- From "Lewis vows to stop abortion money" by Simmi Aujla, Politico 11/23/10

Lewis told members of the Pro-Life Caucus in a letter late last week that he wants to pass a law that prevents any government funds from going to abortions. He said a statutory fix would stop abortion funding more thoroughly than amendments to appropriations bills that only temporarily address the issue.

He went further, saying he'll work with the Oversight and Government Reform committee to do thorough oversight of funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood. He also promised to encourage the steering committee to pick anti-abortion Republicans for the appropriations panel.

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From "Mike Pence Presses for De-Funding Planned Parenthood, Abortion Biz Upset" by Steven Ertelt, 11/24/10

“Reports show that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, receives nearly one-third of its $1 billion annual budget from the federal government. And it’s about to get worse, because Obamacare is hiding even more tax dollars in handouts for abortion providers,” Pence explained.

Pence referred to the Pledge With America that House Republicans put forward before the elections promising to dismantle ObamaCare, which contains a full prohibition on abortion funding, and to cut off taxpayer funding for abortions in other areas.

. . . the Indiana congressman wrote. “With a new Republican majority, Planned Parenthood is running scared.”

That appears to be the case as Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sent a desperate email to supporters of the abortion business today pleading for funds to combat the legislation.

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Not all Republicans were on board with Rep. Pence in the past, as indicated in this 2008 article:
IL Congressmen Kirk & Biggert Fight Against Pro-life Effort (it's now SENATOR Kirk)