Congressman Mike Pence’s (R-IN) amendment that eliminates federal funds for Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution passed with a 240-185 vote. The Continuing Resolution would fund the federal government through September. Congressman Pence praised its passage. “This afternoon’s vote is a victory for taxpayers and a victory for life. By banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America.” He called on the Senate to support this legislation.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List said that the inclusion of the Pence Amendment to the final Continuing Resolution to be non-negotiable. She said, “It must be a top priority in the Continuing Resolution battle. Taxpayers have strongly rejected their complicity with Planned Parenthood in the sex trafficking of underage girls.”
The Continuing Resolution also contains a number of pro-life improvements including reinstating the ban on all taxpayer funding for elective abortion in the District of Columbia, reinstating the Mexico City Policy and eliminating funding for the United Nations Population Fund. Congressman John Fleming (R-LA) is also expected to offer an amendment that would prevent any funds made available under the Continuing Resolution from being used to rescind or otherwise alter conscience protection regulations currently in effect.