On Thursday 18 House conservatives told GOP leaders they will not support any measure to fund the government if it continues to fund Planned Parenthood. “We must act to fully defund Planned Parenthood,” they wrote in a letter obtained by The Hill.
“Please know that we cannot and will not support any funding resolution — an appropriations bill, an omnibus package, a continuing resolution, or otherwise — that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding streams.”
The letter was addressed to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). “It is imperative that Congress do everything within its power to investigate these reports and take immediate action to stop them,” the Republicans wrote, adding that they want leadership to hold a conference meeting as soon as possible to discuss the GOP’s plan.
The letter was signed by Reps. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), John Fleming (R-La.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Scott Perry (R-N.J.), Steven Pearce (R-N.M.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). Some GOP senators like Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on Wednesday said they probably won’t support the legislation. Collins, for example, said Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of women’s services in her state.
Tuesday, a group of Republican senators, led by Iowa’s Joni Ernst, introduced legislation to strip Planned Parenthood Federation of America of the more than $500 million of taxpayer money that it receives every year. The bill comes on the heels of anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress, releasing undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials talking with disturbing frankness about selling the organs of unborn children to research facilities.
The Daily Caller reports that affiliates across the country performed 327,653 abortion procedures in 2013, according to its most recent annual report. The report also shows that Planned Parenthood took in more than $528 million in federal money, equal to 41 percent of its revenue.
“As a mother and grandmother, I find this footage of Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies morally reprehensible and vile,” Ernst said in a statement. “The American people are horrified by these videos as well. Simply put, this legislation ensures that funding for women’s health is protected and that taxpayer dollars will not go to Planned Parenthood.”
It has also been reported that there is $77.9 million in “other operating revenue.” However, there has been no word on how much of that revenue came from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts.
Nineteen senators are cosponsoring the legislation. They are:
John Barrasso of Wyoming. Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Boozman of Arizona, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Dan Coats of Indiana, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Cornyn of Texas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, John McCain of Arizona, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, David Perdue of Georgia, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Tim Scott of South Carolina, and John Thune of South Dakota. No Democrats have joined in cosponsoring the bill so far.
It is interesting yet not surprising that there is so little support from the Democrats. This is the party that has had a choke-hold on the black community for decades. The creator of the KKK and Jim Crow, the Democrats support Planned Parenthood because it continues the legacy of dependence while at the same time fulfills the central purpose of the organization according to it’s founder, Margaret Sanger.
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
A group called Protecting Black Life is reporting that Planned Parenthood is targeting black and Latino neighborhoods. According to IJR Review, PBL has located 79% of its 165 surgical abortion facilities within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods. Planned Parenthood located 62% of its abortion facilities within 2 miles of African American neighborhoods. PBLstates “conclusively” that Planned Parenthood continues to “pursue the eugenics philosophy of its founder, Margaret Sanger.”
The following is a basic timeline of how the process will progress: Congress must fund the government by Oct. 1, and GOP leaders are pointing to a continuing resolution (CR) that would extend current funding. The House will have to wait until after its August recess to address the issue; lawmakers are leaving Washington on Wednesday evening and won’t return to Capitol Hill until early September. Meanwhile, the Senate, is scheduled to be in session for one more week and could vote Monday on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Wednesday. Separate from the main appropriations package, Congress will have to pass before Oct. 1, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill that would immediately block funding for Planned Parenthood until investigations have ended. Nearly 150 House Republicans back the measure.