Roe anniversary: Pence introduces bill to end PP funding

posted at 2:40 pm on January 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Mike Pence has launched what will surely be a quixotic campaign to strip Planned Parenthood of its funding.  Pence announced today, on the anniversary of Roe v Wade, that he will press Congress to act against the big-box abortion provider by stopping the millions of dollars it receives each year from the federal government.  After HR 614′s introduction yesterday, it has already gained 61 co-sponsors:

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence gave the following speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Congressman Pence also will speak to thousands of pro-life Americans at the March for Life later today.

“Today millions of Americans—from the National Mall to prayer services in small town churches—will mark the sad 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott.

“As most Americans know, it is simply morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. But it is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad.

“Many Americans fail to recognize the largest abortion provider in America is also the largest recipient of federal taxpayer dollars through Title X—this should not be.

“Yesterday, with more than 60 cosponsors, I re-introduced the ‘Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,’ a bill that would deny any federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America.

“On this dark anniversary, let us rededicate ourselves to protecting the unborn and to protecting taxpayers on matters of conscience.”

How likely will passage be for HR 614?  It would take a miracle, but it might provide some pushback against the Freedom of Choice Act, expected to get a vote in this session.  A coordinated effort to shine a light on the abuses of Planned Parenthood would focus more criticism on FOCA and might even result in at least a reduction of the subsidies received by PP.

Which abuses?  We’ve covered them at length, but chief among them would be the obstruction of justice and lawbreaking at clinics in covering up rape and the sexual abuse of minors.  That alone should have caused Congress to end its subsidies of the abortion retailer.  Thankfully, Pence and his co-sponsors have not decided to let this slip through the cracks, even in a Congress dominated by Democrats in both chambers.

Update: Hope and Change?  Obama postpones the cancellation of the Mexico City policy:

In a move to downplay his pro-abortion agenda, President Barack Obama has decided to wait a little longer to reverse a Bush policy preventing taxpayer funding of abortions overseas. The Mexico City Policy prevents sending public funds to groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries.

The new president could either issue an order tomorrow or in the near future to reverse the policy or allow Congress to do it.

Obama was expected to overturn the pro-life policy on his first or second full days in office and to possibly do so today, on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

However, a CBN News report indicates Obama will not overturn the policy on a day that pro-life advocates mourn the Supreme Court allowing virtually unlimited abortions.

Obama may shove this off to Congress and hope to avoid the issue altogether.


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I’d like to see a running list of the supporters of this bill. That’ll tell you something about their character.

TheUnrepentantGeek on January 22, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Obama’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” moment?

BuckeyeSam on January 22, 2009 at 2:44 PM

I wonder if the Funding of Coerced Abortion Act would repeal this law if it passed too.

BKennedy on January 22, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Will we get more expositions of Catholic theology on abortion from Bishop Pelosi and Cardinal Biden?

Wethal on January 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Good and good. The less government spending, the better. No reason for PP to take federal money, and there shouldn’t be taxpayer funded abortions anywhere. The libertarian in me is pro-choice, but also doesn’ see this as a government responsibility.

rbj on January 22, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Here’s hoping that the Congress hears the cries of those of us standing up for life!

highhopes on January 22, 2009 at 2:48 PM

This is one of the many spending bills, that are truly un-constutional.

Johan Klaus on January 22, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Pence introduces bill to end PP funding

Wonderful, but why didn’t you act on that when Bush had a GOP Congress?

jgapinoy on January 22, 2009 at 2:50 PM

I honestly wish him luck in getting this bill passed.

Anna on January 22, 2009 at 2:51 PM

The Mexico City Policy prevents sending public funds to groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries.

….

Obama was expected to overturn the pro-life policy on his first or second full days in office and to possibly do so today, on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

I’d consider it a small government policy. Not a pro-life policy.

Wanna promote something (cars, radios, batteries, abortions) – fund it yourself.

lorien1973 on January 22, 2009 at 2:51 PM

However, a CBN News report indicates Obama will not overturn the policy on a day that pro-life advocates mourn the Supreme Court allowing virtually unlimited abortions.

It’s a curious measure to suddenly show centrism on…
(and if he does it tomorrow, he’s just being slimy)

Skywise on January 22, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Wanna promote something (cars, radios, batteries, abortions) – fund it yourself.

lorien1973 on January 22, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Precisely. Let the left fill PP’s coffers with donations.

BuckeyeSam on January 22, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Undesirable things my tax dollars pay for:
–killing children via abortion & stem cell research
–leftist professors
–leftist TV network (PBS)
–leftist radio network (NPR)
–bailouts for incompetent businesses

jgapinoy on January 22, 2009 at 3:03 PM

why don’t some GOP figure get some balls, and do this publicly and connect the dots with Eugenics, Margaret Sanger, the KKK and the fact of where most of the PP clinics are located.

jp on January 22, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Again, why was this not done before 2006?

Did Republicans with a backbone disappear after 95?

18-1 on January 22, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Precisely. Let the left fill PP’s coffers with donations.

BuckeyeSam on January 22, 2009 at 3:02 PM

And Barack’s record-breaking fundraising proves that they have the means to do it!

fiscallyconservative on January 22, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Glad to see my congressman Franks (AZ) signed on this

offroadaz on January 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM

7 signed on from Texas (11% of cosigners), including Pete Olson, our new Rep. So far so good.

ttime500 on January 22, 2009 at 3:42 PM

This is the kind of aggressive action we need. Keep it coming.

jay12 on January 22, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Will we get more expositions of Catholic theology on abortion from Bishop Pelosi and Cardinal Biden?

Wethal on January 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Personally, I really hope we do. I want them to be loud and clear in their heresy so that the real Bishops and Cardinals are forced into finally doing what they should have done ages ago.

I’m also curious why they waited until the Democrats have the majority, but I’ll still take it.

pannw on January 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I’m also curious why they waited until the Democrats have the majority, but I’ll still take it.

pannw on January 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Yeah, you always wonder about why now, why not do it when there was a chance of getting it through and signed. I’m guessing it has to do with higher priorities on other issues. Now that the Dems control Congress and POTUS, there isn’t much that the Republicans can do other than symbolic stuff like this.

Snidely Whiplash on January 22, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Undesirable things my tax dollars pay for:

-Abstence education;

-Faith-based initiatives;

-Tax breaks for churches; and

-Payments to Catholic hospitals for services considering the Catholic hierarcy (up to Rome, most likely) and Catholic priests have themselves molested and then not reported 100s of times more cases of statutory rapes and child abuse than the non-reporting PP is accused of.

jim m on January 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM

why don’t some GOP figure get some balls, and do this publicly and connect the dots with Eugenics, Margaret Sanger, the KKK and the fact of where most of the PP clinics are located.

This needs to be done by a coalition of people of colors, every color but one. Nobody cares that a lot of caucasians oppose abortion; we’re out of fashion.
Making abortion acceptable, and even desireable, was a white sin, foisted first on western nations against the will of the majority. Then it was packaged as a civil right and brought complete with funding to the third world, which was the real target all along.
Legalized abortion was born of racism, and it will be over only when enough Blacks, Asians and Hispanics tell the diversity loving left what they really think of it.

NellE on January 22, 2009 at 6:24 PM

PP is certainly flawed but something like it does need to exist.

I suspect some people, like Ed, would like to see abortion outlawed. Unfortunately that would not end abortion, it would drive it underground and create misery as it has in every other country where it is banned. The abortions still happen, they’re just far more dangerous.

Ares on January 22, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Funny how this thread has died a death – 24 posts.

Seems some people are more obsessed with abortion than…everyone else.

Ares on January 22, 2009 at 8:33 PM

And some people didn’t think that a president could get by with voting, “Present.”

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on January 23, 2009 at 1:24 AM

Good and good. The less government spending, the better. No reason for PP to take federal money, and there shouldn’t be taxpayer funded abortions anywhere. The libertarian in me is pro-choice, but also doesn’ see this as a government responsibility.

rbj on January 22, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Exactly how I feel about it. Making abortion illegal only drives it underground. Drugs are illegal and they are far from rare, nevermind non-existant. Unfortunately, as long as the Republican Party insists on this as a plank in the platform, it’ll cost politically all day long. People do not like being told they are sinning. Religious beliefs are far too personal. I would find any further laws prohibiting abortion as bad as any other “social engineering” that’s committed on the left, Johnson’s “Great Society” or Wilson’s Fascism being two examples. I believe let everyone do as they will of their freewill, and let them pay for it…..

adamsmith on January 23, 2009 at 1:32 AM