U.S. Congress Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood, Sending Bill to Obama

Abortion Credit All Night Images-compressedWASHINGTON — The United States House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, marking an official passage in Congress that now moves the bill to the desk of Barack Obama.

The House voted 240-181 in favor of the legislation, which also repeals key parts of Obamacare.

“It’s up to the president to decide if he wants to side with the people whose health care costs have skyrocketed out of control, or the abortion industrial complex whose profits have skyrocketed out of control,” Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters at a press conference. “Congress is holding President Obama accountable.”

The votes were mainly along party lines, with three Republicans voting against the bill, and one Democrat voting for it. Republican Reps. John Katko and Richard Hanna, both of New York, and Rep. Bob Dold of Illinois all voted against the measure, while Collin Peterson was the sole Democrat supporting the effort.

“This is an important victory for the pro-life movement as well as for conservatives all across the country who want to see the president confronted with a bill that not only guts Obamacare, .. but also the ability then to defund Planned Parenthood as well,” said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.

Democrats scoffed at the bill, not only because they disagreed with its content, but also because they know that Obama will veto it.

“Everybody knows this will take about a nanosecond for the president of the United States to veto,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. said on the House floor.

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Republicans state that while they recognize that Obama will veto the legislation, they have already planned a veto overrride vote on Jan. 26. Congress does not currently have the two-thirds majority to override the veto.

As previously reported, last month, the Senate voted 52 to 47 in support of the measure, rejecting two efforts to remove the Planned Parenthood language from the legislation. The bill was presented following controversy over undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and sale of aborted children.

Planned Parenthood outlined in its annual report released at the end of December that the organization performed 323,999 abortions nationwide during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The organization received $553 million in taxpayer funding/grants in 2014, up from $528 million the year prior, which equated to 43 percent of its total income. $48 million of Planned Parenthood’s income was used for sex education, and $39 million was used for public policy, or to influence state and federal law, up from $33 million in 2013. Despite its expenditures, it still garnered a $61 million dollar profit.

Planned Parenthood was founded in 1921 by Margaret Sanger, which was originally known as the American Birth Control League. She later changed the name as some found it offensive.

“We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all,” Sanger once said, who was reportedly a staunch advocate of eugenics. “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Sanger was also the publisher of the newspaper “The Woman Rebel,” which she subtitled “No Gods, no masters.”


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  • Nidalap

    I’m not too excited by this type of story. These lawmakers seem all too often to just wage battles they have assured themselves they’ll be able to lose…

    • gizmo23

      They wouldn’t pass it if they knew Obama would sign it

      • Nidalap

        My very thought! 🙂

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      True, but there is some decent work being done by conservative Republicans on the state level.

  • Robert Taylor

    Well we definitely know where the founder of Planned Parenthood ended up when she died!

    • gizmo23

      Must be nice to be able to tell God what to do.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Amen. Here is a pretty interesting article with 7 of her quotes (just take the space out):

      http://liveactionnews .org/7-shocking-quotes-by-planned-parenthoods-founder/

  • Bruce

    Merely a token measure, to “throw us a bone.” Republicans are well aware that they do not have the votes to override Obama’s veto; the proposal has no teeth, nor do Republicans in Congress have a backbone.

    • afchief

      Of course 0bama will veto this. 0bama is one of the most evil men ever in America. Ever!!! He is a type of anti-christ.

      • gizmo23

        They wouldn’t pass it if they thought he would sign it

  • gizmo23

    The last thing they want would be for Obama to sign it. Why kill off the prolife cash cow?
    Conservatives would hate to lose abortion as an issue and will never truly work to end it.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      I hate to say there is some truth to what you say there, but I’m afraid there is. However, would you please replace the word “conservatives” with “RINOs” or “liberal Republicans”? I think that would be more accurate, and less insulting to me and many others on this site. (Not that I mind being insulted – I don’t.) Thanks!

      • gizmo23

        I will do as you ask when people on the right stop calling all liberals perverts and baby killers

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Fair enough.

          But, just so you know, there are very FEW liberals who are pro-life, and, of course, almost zero politicians. No Democrat presidents or presidential candidates since Roe have been pro-life, and we know that not all Democrats are flaming liberals.

          The Democrat Party owns abortion in the same way it used to own black people.

          • gizmo23

            The GOP has had opportunities to end it or at least vote to end it and have done nothing. We have had 50 or 60 votes to end Ocare. How many to outlaw abortion? None

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            The GOP is doing some good work at the state level and a little bit at the federal level. I agree with you that it is too slow. On the other hand, other than viciously defend the barbaric practice of abortion (like they did with slavery and denial of civil rights for 100 years), what has the Democrat Party done? It is one thing for a party to move too slowly to abolish barbarism – quite another for a party to embrace it. The history of the restoration of human rights in slavery and the slave trade show this to be a slow road.

  • PietjePuk

    It is clear on which side god is in this debate:

    Exodus 12:29: At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

    What is important to notice is that apparently god sees it justified to sometimes kill children. It comes to mind that god could also have chosen to kill the grown ups, that were actually committing the injustices (and murders) against the jewish people, and not the innocent children. He did not, for whatever reason. Could be practical reasons, or just an eye for an eye. Fact remains that the victims themselves where innocent children.

    What is the relevance? God clearly has no problem with killing children, for practical reasons or for revenge.

    There is no biblical justification to fight the battle against abortion. It is not gods fight that is being fought here.

    Who’s fight is it then? It is all and the same fight when it comes to the other sexual “liberties”: birth control, homosexuality, abortion. Why? If you give people control over their own sex life, you loose control over their soul. It is a power struggle. How is that?

    People have strong urges to have sex. People have sex under the most unlikely circumstances. And how holy people are, they still break the sex “laws” and morals. Sexual urges are peoples most difficult thing to control. Even king David broke the moral codes of his religion regarding sex (in multiple ways). And lets not start about priests. Or child pregnancies. So people will have sex.

    If sex leads to babies, lots of sex leads to many babies. What happens to people’s lives if they have many babies? Life becomes a struggle. For the parents, because they have many mouths to feed and children to dress. Mom needs to stay home to take care (reducing the income) and father needs to work as hard as he can to get enough money. You can’t take risks, because no money means no food for your children. No time for discussions on websites like this, or challenging thoughts, concepts, etc. There is no time for free thinking. This results in docile people, and a hierarchical society. It also means that children have limited opportunity to progress. First of all, parents are not able to give the necessary attention to an individual child, secondly, there is no money for fancy education, and third, the child needs to work as soon as he/she can to contribute to the family coffers. That is how it has been for a long time. A paternal, hierarchical, top down society. Self – enslavement of the people.

    Whatever breaks the link between sex and popping out babies breaks down that top down society. What has been the biggest contributing factor to the development of the middle class in the last 100 years? It was not the first and second industrial revolution. it was not internet, it was not the invention of electricity. It was birth control. If sex (that nobody can control) not necessarily results in children, women can get an education before they CHOSE to have children, the number of children in a family can be limited to two or three, providing better opportunities to the individual child, providing more degrees of freedom for the parents to develop themselves, etc. There is a direct relationship between the average size of a household and the level of development of a country. There is a direct relationship between the size of a household and the level of education. More educated people, more free thinking people, etc. challenge the status quo (top down society), challenge church dogma’s, etc. Again, there is a direct relationship to the average size of a household and the health of churches (as in active church followers).

    That is the sin of birth control (being abortion or taking precaution). That is the reason why the catholic church forbids the use of condoms in africa, at the cost of tens of millions aids deaths (proof of the fact that is never about saving a life of a human being). That is the reason why homosexuality is a sin (some even advocate that they should be killed, again it is not about saving a life). These “sins” are the sin because they challenge the status quo, challenge a top down society. They challenge the power of the centralized church authorities. That is also the reason why adultery is a much “lesser” sin for the church, even though the bible gives adultery much more attention than homosexuality. Adultery doesn’t challenge the position of the church, abortion, birth control and homosexuality does…

    It is almost funny, all these people blogging on this website. As soon as you start getting close to their so called “freedoms” (religious, or gun control, or whatever) they get a fit. At the same time they willingly submit themselves to the ancient dogmas of the catholic church (maybe applied by their own non-catholic version of the church) which have only one purpose: to submit the people.

    Evenly funny is that the two most active topics on this site are about abortion and gun ownership….

    I am not against religion, and I am not saying that more educated people would not believe in god. I only mean that educated, more free thinking people don’t need other people to tell them what to believe. With less top down I don’t mean less god (although that is often the consequence). With less top down i mean less humans in “top” positions trying to control the lives of their subjects (position of the pope, church leaders, etc.).

    So you are not for abortion or against it. It is not about pro-life or pro murder. You are for a (democratic) society of free thinking, educated, middle class people or for a modern version of a feudal society with kings, popes, and serfs. that is what this is about….