UP Catholic 10 02 2015 E Edition Page 14

14 October 2, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org House votes to defund Planned Parenthood BY ADELAIDE MENA CNA/EWTN NEWS Washington D.C. - In a 241- 187 vote on Sept. 18, members of the United States House of Representatives voted to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood for one year, following months of political debate surrounding infor- mation revealed in a series of undercover videos on the abortion provider. This is about ensuring that laws are followed, that Ameri- cans know how their money is being spent, and that the con- science rights of taxpayers are respected, Rep. Diane Black (R. - Tenn.), sponsor of the bill, said on the House floor before the vote on Sept. 18. Black added that the De- fund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) will redistribute more than $235 million saved from funding the organization to more than 13,500 health care clinics around the country. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives will continue an investigation into allega- tions that the abortion pro- vider has broken federal laws banning the profit of human body parts harvested during abortions, changes in abortion procedures in order to harvest body parts, the use of illegal partial birth abortion tech- niques to harvest body parts, and the refusal of medical care to infants who survive abor- tion attempts. The vote and the inves- tigation follow a string of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing modifica- tion of abortion procedures, suggesting that some victims of abortion are born alive at Planned Parenthood clin- ics, and a former technician recounting an incident where organs were harvested from an intact delivery that still had a beating heart. The House also passed 248- 177 H.R. 3504, which would add the criminal penalty of irst-degree murder to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, a law which ensures that babies who survive failed abortion attempts receive adequate healthcare care and protection. One representative, Steve King (R-Iowa), voted as pres- ent for both H.R. 3134 and H.R. 3504, objecting that the bills allow abortions in cases of rape, incest, and risks to the mothers life. While both bills passed the House, neither is expected to pass the Senate or to be signed into law by president Barack Obama. The Senate failed to bring a similar bill to the floor in early August. In August Alabama, New Hampshire, and Louisiana each voted to strip Planned Parenthood of funding from their state budgets. Remember to pray for our clergy and religious

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