Friday, July 24, 2009

Update: Pence Amendment Does not Pass

From LifeNews:

"Washington, DC ( -- The House of Representatives, today, voted 247-183 against an amendment that would stop sending taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Rep. Mike Pence, the Indiana Republican behind the amendment, says public funds should not go to a business that does abortions."

The vote was 247-183 against the amendment. 20 Democrats joined with 163 Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood. 9 Republicans voted with 238 Democrats to continue funding the abortion business.

Congressman Pence said:

"'It is morally wrong to destroy innocent human life through abortion, but it is also morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote or perform abortions at home or abroad. The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X,' Pence said during the debate.

'Federal funding should reflect the values of the majority of the American people and this House now has the opportunity and obligation to close this offensive loophole,' he continued.

'The right to life is not a partisan issue, it is a moral one. The time has come for this Congress to come together in a bipartisan way to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to defend the rights of the taxpayer; The time has come to deny any and all federal funding for the Planned Parenthood,' Pence added."

God bless the good Congressman for bringing the amendment to the floor!

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