Congressional Republicans today again stood firm on the pro-life issue. On a day when the Planned Parenthood abortion business is getting international attention for selling the body parts of aborted babies, House Republicans took another step to ensure taxpayer dollars don’t flow to the abortion business.
This afternoon the House Republican leadership cancelled a vote scheduled today on H.R. 2722, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act, a measure that would have poured up to $4,750,000 into the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a major donor to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion company.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement praising House Republicans for their pro-life resolve:
“The House Republican leadership acted responsibly by pulling this measure, which would likely have funneled more money to Planned Parenthood, an organization that is the focus of yet another horrific scandal.
“It is past time for the federal government to stop funding Planned Parenthood, an organization that has provided cover for sex traffickers, engaged in gender targeting, and is known for dirty, bloody clinics. An explosive report released today shows Planned parenthood is involved in fetus farming and is possibly violating the partial birth abortion ban. Congress must investigate these charges to ensure that unborn babies are not being aborted to harvest their organs and body parts.
“This bill’s goals are well-intended, but the results will only fund the nation’s largest provider of abortions. There are better ways to fund cancer research that don’t involve Planned Parenthood,” concluded Perkins.
In 2012, Komen for the Cure officially buckled to pressure from Planned Parenthood and 17 affiliates of the national breast cancer charity resumed providing grants for the abortion business.
Komen had long been a subject of national controversy in which pro-life advocates initially boycotted Komen and then celebrated earlier this year as it appeared the breast cancer charity had made the decision to revoke funding for the abortion business. After massive public pressure, media attacks and lobbying from Planned Parenthood, Komen indicates the abortion business would be eligible for funding but did to say whether funding would be continued.
Leading pro-life groups had hoped Komen would keep their de-funding decision in place via a change in grant-making criteria making it so organizations like Planned Parenthood that do not do mammograms would no longer be eligible for so-called pass-through grants in which they merely provide referrals to legitimate medical centers and physicians who do.