Vice President Mike Pence pulled through in a close vote in the Senate Thursday morning, calling for the overthrow of Obama’s rule that prevents states from blocking the flow of federal grants toward Planned Parenthood and similar abortion providers. At the end of December, the Obama administration issued this last-minute rule that surpasses the will of state legislatures to enforce federal funding of the entity that is a major proponent of abortion in America today.
Sponsors of the bill Diane Black (R-Tennessee) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) expressed in a post on the Washington Examiner their disgust at Obama’s 11th hour ruling:
“Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the abortion industry in this country. Nor should they be forced to foot the bill for an organization like Planned Parenthood that has displayed such blatant disregard for human life.”
The Congresswomen are working actively to completely defund Planned Parenthood, and are finding more and more support from other members of the House and Senate. For them, the H.J. Res 43 is a step in the right direction. This resolution nullifies Obama’s rule, freeing states from the requirement to fund Planned Parenthood.
It was my honor to break tie vote in Senate overturning last minute Obama rule & restoring state control over Title X family planning funds. pic.twitter.com/jebspF3F3K
— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 30, 2017
Although the bill passed with flying colors in the House by a vote of 230-188, a surprising vote from two Republican congresswomen for keeping Obama’s rule set the Senate in a 50-50 standoff. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) chose to vote blue in this matter, against the advancement of the resolution. Vice President Pence stepped in to resolve the tie with his vote for advancing, and the resolution passed.
More pro-life resolutions are in the works, according to Ernst and Black:
“We have also advocated to redirect federal funding from Planned Parenthood to federally qualified health center (FQHC) sites – which provide more comprehensive healthcare services, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In fact, there are approximately 14 FQHC sites for every one Planned Parenthood clinic nationwide.”
If President Trump approves of its passage, this bill would now allow states to direct Title X family planning grants away from abortion providers and into other healthcare entities that would benefit more of the families in America.
This vote also marks a huge step for pro-life activists. People are passionately backing the movement happening in Congress to reverse what the Obama administration did for abortion. According to the founder of Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit devoted to the pro-life movement, Matt Staver:
“[The] decision by the House toward defunding Planned Parenthood is another significant step in the battle to make the womb a safe place again. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund human genocide and foot the bill for an organization, like Planned Parenthood, that profits from the sale of baby body parts. We have to diligently work to reverse the horrific damage from the Obama administration that has already ended so many innocent children’s lives.”
Thanks to Pence’s vote and the passing of H.J. Res 43, hope is rising for the total defunding of abortion clinics across the nation.