U.S. House De-funds Planned Parenthood
Special Report - February 22, 2011
On February 18, in a move heralded as a victory for life, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to strip all government funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. H.Amdt.95, the “Pence Amendment,” which is named after its sponsor, Representative Mike Pence (RIndiana), passed 240-185 with bipartisan support. Voting “yes” on the Pence Amendment from North Carolina were: Representatives Howard Coble (R-6), Renee Elmers (R-2), Virginia Foxx (R-5), Walter Jones (R-3), Patrick McHenry (R-10), Mike McIntyre (R-7), Sue Myrick (R-9) and Heath Shuler (D-11). North Carolina Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-1), Larry Kissell (D-8), Brad Miller (D-13), David Price (D-4) and Mel Watt (D-12) voted “No” on the Pence Amendment.
Planned Parenthood receives more than $363 million taxpayer dollars every year, making up roughly one-third of its annual budget. Although the Pence Amendment has been introduced in years past, it gained traction in recent weeks after a pro-life organization, LiveAction, released under-cover video footage that showed Planned Parenthood employees offering counsel and support to two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute. Although the 1976 Hyde Amendment prohibits any federal funding from directly subsidizing abortions (except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother), pro-life advocates have long supported the Pence Amendment as a permanent way to limit such funding. The Hyde Amendment must be renewed each year by Congress.
In a press release, Rep. Pence praised the vote as “a victory for taxpayers and a victory for life.” He continued, “By banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America. I commend my colleagues in both parties for taking a stand for taxpayers and a stand for life.” The measure now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
Also making news last week was a new Rasmussen Reports survey, which found that the majority of respondents viewed abortion as “morally wrong” most of the time. The survey of likely U.S. voters found that while 50 percent of respondents labeled themselves “pro-choice” and 40 percent self-identified as “pro-life,” a 53 percent majority of all respondents considered abortion to be morally wrong most of the time, and 49 percent agreed that abortions can be obtained too easily.
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Majority of Americans Now Pro-Life - May 19, 2009
Majority of Americans Favor Laws Limiting Abortions - January 12, 2009
Healthcare Debate Over Abortion - October 26, 2009
U.S. Senate Approves Pro-Life Amendment - March 4, 2008
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