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David Ripley: House GOP Resumes Fight to End PP Funding

October 5th, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

As you’ve probably read, the Congress reached agreement on another short-term funding resolution for the federal government on Tuesday. That authorizes spending through November 18th. While the action avoids more D.C. drama – the abortion industry is still getting its large slice of the pie.
Work is underway in both the Senate and House on appropriation bills to fund the government through the end of FY2012.

Pro-Lifers in the House are putting their energies behind several important measures to restrict taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and its abortion agenda:

The draft House bill includes language to protect health care facilities from discrimination simply because they refuse to participate in abortions. It seems this has a good prospect for surviving the inevitable fight with Senate Democrats.

House conservatives are again going after the $330 million taxpayers give Planned Parenthood each year. Specific language would require that no taxpayer money would be given to the nefarious organization unless it can certify that their affiliates and clinics no longer perform elective abortions.

Title X is also targeted for elimination by House Republicans.

There are other provisions of the House spending bill which go after elements of ObamaCare. The most important is probably the language which delays implementation of the whole law until 90 days after all legal challenges to the law are resolved. It is hard to see how Reid & Company will swallow this idea, since they have banked the future of their party on jamming ObamaCare down our collective throat.

Harry Reid has already proven that he would rather shut down the entire federal government than give away funding for his partners at Planned Parenthood. Given the fact that House Republicans have folded once on the question of funding for Planned Parenthood, much of this language should be viewed as a statement of principle – or perhaps a commitment to enact such cuts if pro-Lifers can gain a majority of votes in the Senate following next year’s elections.

That certainly is frustrating. The simple truth is that pro-Lifers control just 1/3 of the federal government’s spending apparatus. But we must not let discouragement excuse us from pressing the battle. The end of taxpayer subsidies for Planned Parenthood is within sight.

There is probably no more effective more way to reduce abortions in America than to cut funding of the nation’s largest provider – short of reversing Roe itself. Our job is to continue to press until the spigot is turned off.

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