Pro-Life Leaders Meet with Pence to Urge Planned Parenthood Defunding

Leaders of many national pro-life organizations met with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday to discuss the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and to emphasize the importance of eliminating taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.  All of the GOP/Obamacare repeal/replace proposals have included a provision to eliminate most of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding and redirect that funding to community healthcare centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics 20 to 1. These facilities do not provide abortions but do offer more comprehensive healthcare services for women and families than the abortion provider. The GOP Senate bill would also prohibit Americans from purchasing health insurance plans that cover abortion with tax credits.  Most Americans support the defunding of Planned Parenthood, whose primary service for women is abortions. 

The meeting with Pence was on the same day that the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that the pro-life provisions in the GOP bill could not be included because they violate the reconciliation rules and would require 60 votes, instead of the 52 vote majority. Senator Ted Cruz argues that Vice President Pence, and not the Senate Parliamentarian, has the last word on this issue.

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The leaders gathered with Pence Friday as Republicans’ proposals to repeal Obamacare have failed thus far, largely because of a desire on the part of liberal GOP members to keep much of the onerous healthcare reform intact.

“SBA List’s hundreds of canvassers knocked on over 1.6 million doors over the last two election cycles to deliver a pro-life Senate majority and a pro-life President,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “They have done their job. It’s time for the Senate to do theirs.”

“Obamacare has been a disaster for unborn children through its unprecedented expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion,” she added. “The 2015 reconciliation bill that was sent to President Obama’s desk or the Better Care Reconciliation Act would roll back this damage and help return us to the principle that abortion is not health care.”

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