In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives voted 240-185 to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Nine Democrats joined most Republicans to pass an amendment by Republican Mike Pence, who believes no taxpayer money should go to the groups providing or promoting abortion.
According to a roll call, Washington Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted with the majority.
Seven Republicans sided with pro-abortion Democrats, but it was not enough to keep the bill from passing.
“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,” Pence said after the vote.
An article at LifeNews.com notes that debate on the amendment was “terse”, with pro-life lawmakers pointing out “out abuses at Planned Parenthood” and pro-abortion representatives claiming the amendment would hurt women.:
Rep. Barbara Lee of California called the amendment a “war on women” and Rep. Jan Schakowsky said Planned Parenthood “saves money and saves lives” by the non-abortion health care it offers and “now it not the time to restrict women’s access to health care.”
And Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin went as far as implying that it is better to have an abortion than make a child be forced to live “eating Ramen noodles” and “mayonnaise sandwiches.”
But Pence pointed to recent cases of abuse by the organization:
“In 2002, Planned Parenthood was found civilly liable in Arizona for failure to report statutory rape. In 2008 it violated reporting laws in Indiana and California. In 2009 it instructed a girl in Tennessee to lie about her age so she could get an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. Recently in California, Washington, New Jersey, and New York, Planned Parenthood clinics have been accused of fraudulent accounting or overbilling practices. And last week, undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood employees apparently willing to aid human sex traffickers by coaching them on how to falsify documents and secure secret abortions for their underage prostitutes
“As the father of two teenage daughters, there are not words strong enough to portray my contempt of this pattern of apparent fraud and abuse by Planned Parenthood,” he said.
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin wrote Friday she would celebrate the vote by “…eating Ramen, of course!”
An article at The Blaze notes the House amendment may not pass the Senate due its “stronger abortion rights views” than the House.
The amendment was included in a continuing resolution designed to keep the federal government operating for the rest of the fiscal year.
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