WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2015 – Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., the nurse-turned-congresswoman who introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) on which the House will vote deserves America’s support.
If enacted, the law would temporarily block federal funding of Planned Parenthood unless abortions are not performed at Planned Parenthood facilities.
Summarizing the bill:
Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
This bill prohibits, for a one-year period, the availability of federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics, unless they certify that the affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period.
The restriction will not apply in cases of rape or incest or where a physical condition endangers a woman’s life unless an abortion is performed.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture must seek repayment of federal assistance received by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic, if it violates the terms of the certification required by this Act.
Black’s bill would not remove funding from women’s health care services. It would instead redirect funding away from Planned Parenthood while Congress conducts an investigation into the subject of the videos.
The bill is not to defund women’s health care services, but to defund Planned Parenthood, whom the majority of Americans (i.e., taxpayers) feel should be defunded. Woman will still have access to comprehensive health services and will not suffer a lack of health care services during the investigation.
The federal funds now flowing to the abortion provider would instead flow to over 13,000 health clinics offering comprehensive health services for women.
Rep. Black is a pro-life legislator savvy enough to employ the tactic of incrementalism to save lives. Although President Barack Obama says he will not sign legislation that cuts funding from the abortion business, Black’s bill is a savvy step in the right direction and it is expected to pass the GOP House.
With more Planned Parenthood videos yet to be released, Black’s “temporary” legislation is a smart political maneuver. Of course, Obama will veto the bill or allow it to die on his desk like a premature baby born alive during a botched abortion.
The bill’s secondary political goal is to expose Democrat extremism on abortion and thereby tar and feather Obama’s ultimate heir in 2016.
With Democrats in the Senate up for election in 2016, the bill sounds reasonable and might be enough of a political fig leaf for Congress to move this bill to Obama’s desk.
It’s an incremental move right out of the Democrat playbook on many social issues.
Instead of pouting or whining for legislative perfection, conservatives should cheer Rep. Black for her Reagan-esque tactic to take what we can get now and come back later for another bite at the apple.
She’s fighting for the dignity and sanctity of human life against an truly heartless and evil corporation.