The United States House of Representatives has acted quickly during this new year’s legislative session to cut off the spigot of federal and state taxpayer dollars flowing to the nation’s abortion industry.
Last week the House passed a bill overturning one of President Obama’s last unlawful executive orders. In the final month of the Obama Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a sudden “rule” prohibiting states from banning Planned Parenthood as a recipient of Title X funding.
Under the Title X program, the federal government disburses grants to the states for “family planning” services. Many states have taken action to block those funds from going to the abortion giant. The “rule” issued by HHS was a last-minute attempt by President Obama to protect federal subsidies to his allies in the abortion industry.
The U.S. House approved the bill by a vote of 230-188. Missouri Congressmen Sam Graves, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Jason Smith, and Congresswomen Vicky Hartzler and Ann Wagner voted to permit states to eliminate Title X funding to Planned Parenthood. Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver and William “Lacy” Clay voted to require states to include Planned Parenthood as a Title X participant. The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate for its concurrence.
The sponsor of the bill, Congresswoman Diane Black of Tennessee, says that states could provide more effective services by distributing the funds to county health departments and community health centers, which have more locations more accessible to the public.
“State legislatures around the country have spoken out about their preference for prioritizing primary and preventative care providers for the receipt of Title X funding,” Congresswoman Black said. “Taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for an organization like Planned Parenthood that has displayed such blatant disregard for human life.” Planned Parenthood affiliates perform more than 300,000 abortions each year.
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, applauded the House for acting promptly to defuse President Obama’s parting gift to the abortion cartel. “Taxpayers can finally begin the process of derailing the gravy train carrying hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and their allies. As a nation, we are without excuse in subsidizing Planned Parenthood’s gruesome trafficking of baby body parts and their inhumane treatment of mothers and their unborn children.”
Should the Senate adopt the measure and President Trump sign it into law, it may have limited immediate impact in Missouri. At the present time, federal Title X funds earmarked for Missouri are allocated to the Missouri Family Health Council, a private organization which has had a history of close ties to abortion providers.