June 15, 2017
Senate leaders are worried about losing two Republicans by defunding Planned Parenthood -- but they should probably be more concerned about the 70 they'd lose in the House if they don't! That's how many members signed a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and three other committee chairmen urging him not to mess with the pro-life language in the health care bill. Like so many conservatives (inside and outside Congress), they agree that there's a lot to negotiate in the Obamacare repeal -- but ending the partnership with America's biggest abortion business isn't one of them.
"While there have been differences of opinion on the best way to fix our nation's health care system, the pro-life majority in the House of Representatives has reached consensus that any health care legislation must abide by the overarching principle that abortion is not health care, and that therefore, elective abortion, abortion providers, and health plans that include elective abortion should not be subsidized," they write.
"The House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017, H.R. 1628, applied these principles by including statutory protections against funding abortion under any current and future tax credits utilized under this bill, or any other form of government assistance for the purchase of health care; and reallocating funds away from certain abortion providers to community health centers. As you move forward with health care legislation in the Senate, we encourage your continued prioritization of these pro-life principles."
Defunding Planned Parenthood, a group whose name is synonymous with scandal, is not only what President Trump promised, but what millions of voters expect. If Republicans have any hope of replacing the worst failure of the Obama years, it starts by protecting the most basic right of any American: life.
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Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.