Pelosi: House Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood an “Immorality”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 20, 2012   |   11:40AM   |   Washington, DC

Leave it to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to get it backwards. The “Catholic” Democrat is upset House Republicans this week approved a bill that includes language cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood unless it stops doing abortions.

Instead of lamenting the immorality of abortion, she calls the bill an “immorality,” according to a CNS News report. The bill also withdraws funding for the Obamacare law that includes abortion funding and potential rationing.

Pelosi said, “The defunding of Planned Parenthood, which is part of what their mark-up was about, was it yesterday that they officially marked up?  Yesterday, that was, I know was in the mix, I didn’t know if they were finished with it, that mark up.”

“The bill is — what they marked up is really, in my view, an immorality,” Pelosi said.  “An immorality to ignore scientific opportunity to make the American people healthier. Things like that I think are an immorality.  However, it doesn’t happen to be a priority for the Republicans.”

The Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee approved their FY13 spending bill. During consideration, pro-life Republicans on the panel turned back two pro-abortion amendments from Democrats.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) offered an amendment to strike Section 537, the conscience clause related to the HHS mandate. Also, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) offered an amendment to strike Section 536, the language cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood. Both amendments failed after party-line votes with Republicans voting prolife and Democrats voting pro-abortion.

Section 537 adds a new limitation of funds amendment to prohibit funding for enforcement of any provision of the Affordable Care Act that mandates insurance coverage of items or services to which a purchaser or issuer objects on moral or religious grounds.  This limitation of funds amendment also contains a private right of action so that victims can seek redress in court.



Section 536 includes language to cut off funding for the Planned Parenthood Federation of American as long as they continue to perform elective abortions.

Section 538 would enact H.R. 361, the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA).  ANDA codifies and further clarifies the protections included in the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause. It also adds a civil right of action that allows pro-life victims of discrimination to seek redress in court. It did not face any pro-abortion amendments.