These Republicans Voted Against the Bill to Defund the Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 5, 2017   |   1:11PM   |   Washington, DC

Republicans in the House of Representatives yesterday voted for a Reconciliation bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

This was the second attempt to get enough votes on the reconciliation bill that would not only defund the nation’s biggest abortion corporation but also repeal major portions of Obamacare. The first attempt to pass the bill saw liberal Republicans oppose the repealing Obamacare portion and conservative Republicans not happy as well because it did not repeal Obamacare fully. Republican leaders reworked the legislation, called the American Health Care Act, and Republicans passed the measure despite Democrat objections.

The House voted 217-212 for the bill to defund Panned Parenthood with Republicans voting 217-20 for it and Democrats voting 192-0 against it. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.

These Republicans were not on board with the pro-life vote to protect taxpayers from being forced to fund the abortion industry. Sadly, the list includes several top pro-life members of Congress like pro-life champion Congressman Chris Smith and others who opposed the bill not because they support funding Planned Parenthood but because they were not happy with the specifics on the portions of the bill that repealed Obamacare.

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AZ-5, Andy Biggs
CO-6, Mike Coffman
FL-27, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
KY-4, Thomas Massie
NC-3, Walter B. Jones
NJ-2, Frank A. LoBiondo
NJ-4, Christopher H. Smith
NJ-7, Leonard Lance
NY-11, Dan Donovan
NY-24, John Katko
OH-10, Michael R. Turner
OH-14, David Joyce
PA-6, Ryan A. Costello
PA-7, Patrick Meehan
PA-8, Brian Fitzpatrick
PA-15, Charlie Dent
TX-23, Will Hurd
VA-10, Barbara Comstock
WA-3, Jaime Herrera Beutler
WA-8, Dave Reichert

The pro-life bill would eliminate more than $390 million (over 86%) of over $450 million in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood, from all mandatory spending programs. The measure also redirects funding to community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1 and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortion. AHCA also repeals Obamacare abortion subsidies, adds reforms to give states more flexibility and lower costs, and provides families more options.

The bill would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, and it applies as well to the CHIP and the Title V and Title XX block grant programs.

Importantly, the bill ensures Obamacare will not fund abortions.