May 30, 2017

No more excuses, group tells GOP – defund Planned Parenthood

Defund Planned Parenthood
So far this session, the measure that would defund the abortion-provider has been attached to what is called a "reconciliation bill," but likely the provision will be stripped from the bill in the Senate. Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, suggests there's a better way.

"Congress has used the pro-life legislation for far too many years as a political football when they add it to other pieces of legislation, either to get something passed or to use it as a poison pill," he explains. "We believe passing a standalone bill would increase the possibility of getting Planned Parenthood defunded."

In January, Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tennessee) introduced a standalone bill: the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017 (H.R.354), which would remove funding for a one-year period. However, despite having more than 140 co-sponsors, the legislation is "collecting dust" as it sits in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, according to AFA Action.

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