WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Obama vetoed the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which would have removed, for one year, most funding under several mandatory programs such as Medicaid for abortion entities, including Planned Parenthood. The bill would have also repealed key provisions of Obamacare, which encourages subsidies for abortion coverage and threatens conscience protections.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement after President Obama vetoed the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act:
“Mr. President, by vetoing this bill, you alone bear the moral responsibility for sending taxpayer dollars to a group that has engaged in the selling of baby body parts.
“The American people, through Congress, have spoken loud and clear about this moral injustice. But, unfortunately, yet again, this message has fallen on President Obama’s deaf ears. We urge Congress to override the veto.
“Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, doesn’t need taxpayer dollars, especially in light of the selling of baby body parts and possible partial birth abortion violations. Additionally, federal tax dollars shouldn’t be spent on an organization whose PAC spends tens of millions of dollars on partisan political activities and candidates who support their radical agenda. This forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood must end.
“Congress has blazed a trail for moving this kind of legislation forward when America finally has a president who understands the value of every person, born and unborn. Thanks to this new precedent, the next time a bill removing tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare hits a pro-life president’s desk, both the travesties of tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and Obamacare will be brought to an end,” concluded Perkins.