The House voted along party lines Friday to defund Planned Parenthood for one year while Congress investigates its questionable practices. In a 241-187 vote, nearly all Republicans and two Democrats approved legislation freezing Planned Parenthood’s federal funding for one year.
A second vote was taken on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, an update to the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which passed in a 248-177 vote. The BAASPA tightens restrictions on abortion doctors who violate infant protections.
Via The Hill:
“What we’ve learned about Planned Parenthood is appalling, barbaric and indefensible,” Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) said.
Three Republicans broke ranks to vote against the funding freeze: Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Robert Dold (R-Ill.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.). The Democrats voting to defund were Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who are both opposed to abortion rights.
Both of the bills were designed to curtail Planned Parenthood’s fetal organ harvesting activities.
The president has vowed to veto both bills should they pass the Senate, at which point they will need to be passed by a two-thirds majority in Congress to become law.
It’s not surprising that a pro-abortion president would veto any legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. But you have to wonder what kind of ghoul would oppose the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which is designed to protect already-born infants. The bill, sponsored by pro-life Congressman Trent Franks, “would make failure to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion a federal crime. It would also apply stronger penalties in cases where an overt act is taken to kill the abortion survivor.”
The position statement explaining the opposition to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act says the pro-life bill “would impose new legal requirements related to the provision of abortion services in certain circumstances, which would likely have a chilling effect, reducing access to care.”
This sounds a lot like the Barack Obama of 2000-2002, when he opposed similar legislation while a state senator in Illinois:
As pro-life Congressman Chris Smith explains, this has Obama on record once again opposing care for babies born alive who survive abortions. Obama clearly either believes that killing babies after they are born is a reasonable part of an abortion or he fears that abortion companies like Planned Parenthood would stop doing abortions before they would be willing to comply with a requirement to save the babies that survive them.
“Late yesterday the President demonstrated that his subservience to Planned Parenthood is absolute and without question,” said Smith. “Blindly following the orders of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, the President issued an extreme unequivocal statement that he would veto the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that simply says a child that survives an abortion must be given the same care as any other premature baby born at the same gestational age and forbidding acts of lethal violence against such babies.”