Five members of Missouri's Congressional delegation voted late last week to suspend federal funding to the Planned Parenthood Federation and its affiliates.The U.S. House of Representatives voted 241-187 to place a one-year moratorium on the disbursement of federal funds to the abortion giant.
Missouri Congressmen Sam Graves, Jason Smith, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Billy Long, and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler all voted to defund Planned Parenthood for the coming fiscal year.
Missouri Congressmen William "Lacy" Clay and Emmanuel Cleaver voted to continue providing over $550 million in annual taxpayer funding to the nation's leading abortion provider. Congresswoman Ann Wagner was not present for the vote.
"Should we force taxpayers to fund a business that spends its money aborting 327,653 children per year?" asked House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy during debate on the House floor.
"Should we force taxpayers to fund an organization whose barbaric practices, as vividly shown in recent videos, disregard and devalue the sanctity of the most innocent human lives?" McCarthy continued.
House leaders moved the legislation in the wake of national outrage over undercover videos showing high-level Planned Parenthood employees engaged in the marketing of baby body parts.
In the latest of the videos released by a group called the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood officials brag that they "generate a fair amount of income" from trafficking in the organs and tissue of aborted unborn children.
"We work with people who want particular tissues, you know, they want cardiac, they want eyes, they want neural, or [even] gonads...Everything we provide is fresh," says Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, a senior medical adviser for Planned Parenthood.
In another segment, a spokesman for the abortion provider expresses concern about public reaction to the harvesting and sale of the body parts of children who are victims of late-term abortion.
"We're trying to figure this out as an industry--how we're going to manage remuneration, because the headlines would be a disaster."
Planned Parenthood isn't backing down, despite the widespread revulsion Americans feel after being exposed to the grotesque and grisly details of Planned Parenthood's business practices.
In fact, a leading voice for the pro-abortion movement recently shared damning testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in D.C.
The witness was Priscilla Smith, the Director of the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte discussed with her the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation, or what is often referred to as a D&E abortion. In that procedure, the body of the preborn child is dismembered and pulled out of the uterus by literally tearing the child apart limb from torso.
Congressman Goodlatte asked Professor Smith: "Do you believe this is a humane way to die?" Smith responded unashamedly: "Yes, a D&E procedure is a very humane procedure."
Late last week, the U.S. House also passed a bill which would make it a federal crime to fail to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion.
The undercover videos have revealed that organs have been harvested from infants who survived the abortion procedure. In one case, a child's skull was being extracted from the baby's head despite the fact that the child's heart was still beating.
Prospects for passage of either bill in the U.S. Senate are not promising, where pro-life senators have been unable to muster the 60 votes needed to shut down a filibuster. President Obama has promised to protect his friends in the abortion industry and veto either bill.
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