WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has failed to override Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would have defunded the abortion giant Planned Parenthood for one year.
Although the House obtained a majority on Tuesday, it fell short of the necessary two-thirds vote to override the veto. The final tally was 241-186.
Rep. Robert Pittinger, R-N.C., told reporters that while many in Congress knew the bill would likely fail, it sent more of a statement than anything to show where the president stands on the side of the unborn contrasted with the stance of Congress.
“We want to make it very clear to the American people where we stand and where the president stands. That’s why we put this on his desk,” he said. “We want them to know that we are standing for righteousness. We’re standing for truth. We’re standing for the lives of the unborn.”
“The president is the only person standing in the way of what the American people want, so our job now is to stand up for them, to demonstrate for them who is on their side,” also stated Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga.
As previously reported, the House voted 240-181 in favor of the legislation last month, and the Senate voted 52 to 47 in favor in December. In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, the measure likewise sought to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Democrats such as Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., opposed the effort, pointing to the recent indictments leveled against two pro-life Americans who were indicted after conducting an undercover investigation into the abortion giant. He contended that the Republican Party “apparently wants to ignore the facts that we learned from the Texas grand jury.”
But Republicans such as Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wi, pointed to the dark ideologies that founded Planned Parenthood in the first place.
“Margaret Sanger is connected to some of the ugliest segments in our history,” he declared.
As previously reported, Planned Parenthood was founded in 1921 by Sanger, and was originally known as the American Birth Control League. She later changed the name as some found it offensive.
“Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches,” she wrote in a 1920’s newsletter. “I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity, no less than capitalism.”
Sanger, who was a staunch advocate of eugenics, also wrote in “The Pivot of Civilization,” “Constructive eugenics … shows us that 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—that the wealth of individuals and of states is being diverted from the development and the progress of human expression and civilization.”
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.
It 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.