Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Funding Removed From Troop Bill
by Steven Ertelt
June 20, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A provision that would have given financial benefits to the nation’s largest abortion business was stripped at the last minute from the War Supplemental Bill. Pro-life groups had complained the measure to help fund the troops should never have contained a section to fund Planned Parenthood.
The bill is supposed to provide funding for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Torn over a non-germane provision, the House was set to debate the Senate’s version of the bill, which gives breaks to the abortion business and other similar groups.
The measure gave Planned Parenthood a discount on contraceptives, the morning-after pill, and possibly the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has killed fourteen women worldwide and seven in the U.S.
But Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, tells LifeNews.com the House approved the bill Thursday night without the provision in it.
"Our troops need funding, and their bill should not be loaded up with benefits for Planned Parenthood," Wright said.
She said the abortion business is already on the federal dole and shouldn’t have financial incentives slid into a bill meant to support American soldiers.
"Planned Parenthood already receives over $300 million in funding from federal, state and local governments. In 2006, Planned Parenthood reported a record revenue of $112 million," she explained.
"CWA is pleased this bill funds our troops instead of lining the already inflated pockets of Planned Parenthood," she added.
Before the vote, Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, told LifeNews.com the idea of funding abortion in a troop funding bill violates the spirit of American soldiers.
"Today, the same home-grown commitment to our military that guaranteed success on D-Day has taken a backseat to partisan differences that threaten to endanger our troops oversees," he said.
"The soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are still awaiting help that has not yet come in the form of the War Supplemental bill," he concluded.
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