Diary

Rep. Pence: Eliminate Planned Parenthood's Federal Funding

On January 22, Representative Mike Pence (R-Indiana) introduced H.R.614, an amendment to Title X of the Public Health Service Act that would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the controversial organization that operates abortion mills across the country.

Barack Obama should be well known for his constant votes supporting the most outrageous form of “abortion” during his tenure as a State Senator for Illinois. I put abortion in quotes because Obama’s vote against BAIPA, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, in Illinois amounts to his support of outright infanticide and not mere abortion.

Unfortunately, Obama is not more well known for this abhorrent vote because the media failed to expose the truth of the matter during the campaign. Obama repeatedly lied about his record on abortion and the media allowed him to do so with impunity.

And now, we find the Obama administration eyeing the elimination of the “Mexico City Policy”, also known as the “family planning gag rule,” and again allow millions of American dollars to flow into the coffers of foreign abortion mills. With talk of this being one of the very first priorities for Obama’s administration, it is clear that we can expect a White House that will champion the goals of the most extreme abortion supporters in the nation.

For his part, Pence hopes to get ahead of the Obama administration’s advocacy and aims to eliminate any federal funding that is or could go to Planned Parenthood. On his House website, Pence posted the following:

Today millions of Americans–from the National Mall to prayer services in small town churches–will mark the sad 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott.

As most Americans know, it is simply morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. But it is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad.

Many Americans fail to recognize the largest abortion provider in America is also the largest recipient of federal taxpayer dollars through Title X–this should not be.

Yesterday, with more than 60 cosponsors, I re-introduced the “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” a bill that would deny any federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America.

On this dark anniversary, let us rededicate ourselves to protecting the unborn and to protecting taxpayers on matters of conscience.

All abortion opponents should give Representative Pence their support for this measure.

(Photo courtesy of Pence’s office. Caption: Congressman Pence addresses the crowd at the 36th annual March for Life)