of the Missouri delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives took a
strong stand for the unborn in the recent major vote to eliminate
federal funding to the
abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
House voted 240-181 to suspend for one year the disbursement of federal
tax dollars to the Planned Parenthood Federation and its many
affiliates across the country. The Senate had voted in December by
a margin of 52-47 to also defund Planned Parenthood for the duration of
the fiscal year.
Congressmen Sam Graves, Billy Long, Blaine
Luetkemeyer, and Jason Smith, and Congresswomen Vicky Hartzler and Ann
Wagner voted for the moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding.
Congressmen William (Lacy) Clay and Emmanuel Cleaver voted to continue
sending taxpayer dollars to the nation's leading abortion
was a leading figure in the push to end taxpayer support of Planned
Parenthood. "In the wake of the videos showing the...disturbing
practices of Planned Parenthood officials in the harvesting and selling
of baby body parts, calls have been stronger than ever for Congress to
stop sending Americans' tax dollars to this organization, which shows a
blatant disregard for human life."
"This bill redirects [that
funding] to community health centers which serve eight times more women
than Planned Parenthood, and provide much more comprehensive
care," Hartzler added. In the most recent fiscal year,
Planned Parenthood affiliates collected more than $553 million in
federal and state grants, appropriations, and reimbursements.Congresswoman Ann Wagner
also spoke eloquently on the floor of the House concerning the
importance of the vote. "This vote is a victory for women's
also serves as a cry to end the monstrous actions of an organization
that continually attacks our precious, vulnerable children."
I have long fought to stop this atrocious practice, I was especially
shocked this summer by videos of Planned Parenthood's cold indifference
to the barbaric murder of society's most vulnerable members," Wagner
continued. "These are truly some of the most horrifying and
heartbreaking videos I have ever seen. I will proudly cast my vote
for life--for these innocent angels."
Congresswoman Wagner also
urged Missourians not to be "distracted by political rhetoric."
"We are strengthening our support for women's health. There are 45
health clinics for every Planned Parenthood facility in the state,
clinics that treat women without performing abortions."
As expected, President Barack Obama vetoed the measure, holding fast to
his shameless allegiance to and alliance with the abortion
industry. Unfortunately, Congress lacks the votes to override his
veto. However, it is now clear that with a pro-life President,
Congress could enact legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, not just
for a year, but on an enduring basis.
Pro-family leaders sharply
condemned the President's cruel and callous action. "Mr.
President, you alone now bear the responsibility for sending taxpayer
dollars to a group that has engaged in the selling of baby body
parts," said Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council.
American people have spoken loud and clear about this moral injustice,"
Perkins continued. "But unfortunately, yet again, this message
has fallen on [your] deaf ears. Congress has blazed a trail for
moving this kind of legislation forward when America finally has a
President who understands the value of every person, born and unborn."