Blackburn Leading the Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood
Today House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) led floor debate on H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which passed the House 241-187.
“Images of Kermit Gosnell killing babies who were born alive after a botched abortion are sickening and have renewed the demand for accountability. New documentation of the heinous practice of harvesting the body parts of babies as part of the abortion process have raised serious questions about the possible systematic and repeated violation of state and federal laws.
“The American taxpayer has been very clear for a long time; they do not want taxpayer money spent on abortions. Additionally, the majority of Americans are opposed to the sale of the body parts of babies obtained after abortion. So the discussion today is not about videos or women’s access to health care. It is about our most basic right – the right to life. It is also about doing what taxpayers sent us to Washington to do. It is also about continuing the process to protect our most vulnerable.
“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle will argue that Planned Parenthood is providing important health services for women and yet cancer screening and prevention services have been cut in half at PPFA over the past 7 years. PPFA does not perform mammograms. PPFA performs over 300,000 abortions annually – it is an ever increasing part of their business. For 98.5% of the pregnant women who received a pregnancy-related service by PPFA, that service was an abortion. Women, as well as children and men, need real access to affordable healthcare,” Blackburn said.