By a vote of 217-213 - the thinnest of margins - the House of Representatives voted yesterday to advance a health care provision that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.
"I consider this a huge victory for us - one that could very easily have been a defeat. We thank President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for working with Speaker Paul Ryan and members of the House to get this deal done. This is yet another promise kept by the Trump administration," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.
Now the legislation, which included the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, will go to the Senate where significant changes are expected to be made.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, stated; "We applaud this historic vote by the House of Representatives as a first step in defunding Planned Parenthood which is the largest abortion provider in the world. Every day, Planned Parenthood takes the lives of almost 900 innocent children and over 320,000 every year. The pro-life community will work passionately to see the Senate votes to defund and that this piece of legislation will end up on the desk of President Trump and be signed into law.."
Newman added, "While we celebrate this momentary victory, there is still much work to be done to ensure that the defunding of Planned Parenthood remains in the bill or is not weakened. The Senate fight promises to be a tougher one, so we encourage pro-life supporters to start contacting their Senators now to urge them to stand in agreement with the House to defund America's largest merchant of abortion."
Trump has vowed to sign legislation that would end the bankrolling of Planned Parenthood, which currently receives over $500 million in federal funding each year.
"Next, we must work to make the defunding of Planned Parenthood permanent," said Newman. "There are many battles still to be fought before we can rest assured that our hard-earned tax money will never again enable an organization that profits from child-killing."
Brandi Swindell, Founder and CEO of Stanton Healthcare, concurred, saying; "Every day our clinics see women who have been exploited and treated like a commodity by Planned Parenthood. This vote by the House reminds us that abortion is not health care and we must work for a society where both mother and child are treated with compassion, dignity and professionalism. This vote is a major step toward replacing Planned Parenthood with clinics that provide comprehensive health care for women and ensure equality and rights for all."
Mark Harrington, President of Created Equal, commented; "The role of government is to ensure equal protection under law for all its citizens, especially the most needy and vulnerable. That would include the 323,000 babies who are killed every year at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. By taking the first step to defund Planned Parenthood, the House has taken a major first step toward ending the violence of abortion and protecting America's greatest natural resource...our children."
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