February 21, 2011
Most Congressional Republicans Stand
Firm and Slash PP Abortion Funding
Friday night, the House passed the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) which continues funding for the federal government for FY 2011 and slashes funding to Planned Parenthood. (The Democrats failed to consider or pass any budget last session so now the government must be funded by continuing resolutions until the 2011/2012 budget is approved.)
All the Republicans voted for the measure except Congressmen Campbell (CA), Flake (AZ) and Jones (NC), who opposed it. Congressmen Quayle (AZ) and Paul (TX) did not vote, along with seven Democrats. All other Democrats opposed the bill; none supported it. As passed, the measure continues pro-life policies included in the FY10 Appropriations Acts and makes the following pro-life changes:
Abortion Funding in the District of Columbia: H.R. 1 restores the Dornan amendment to ensure that no congressionally appropriated funds (whether locally or federally generated) may pay for abortion in the District of Columbia. (Included in H.R. 1, as introduced)
Mexico City Policy and UNFPA: H.R. 1 restores the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits funding for foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform elective abortion. H.R. 1 also eliminates funding for UNFPA, which supports, and participates in the management of China’s one child policy. (Included in H.R. 1, as introduced)
Title X Funding: Funding for Title X, a domestic family planning program, is eliminated. (Included in H.R. 1, as introduced)
International Population Control and Family Planning Funding: Funding for international family planning/reproductive health is reduced from $648 million in FY10 to $440 million. (Included in H.R. 1, as introduced)
Planned Parenthood: None of the funds may be made available to Planned Parenthood. (Pence Amendment passed by a vote of 240-185-1; video of pro-life speeches in favor of the Pence Amendment can be found here.) Seven Republicans did NOT support this amendment: Congressmen Bass (NH), Biggert (IL), Bono Mack (CA), Dent (PA), Dold (IL), Frelinghuysen (NJ), and Hanna (NY). Congressmen Amash (MI) voted “present” while Quayle (AZ) and Harper (MS) did not vote. However, they did support the final amended CR.
Now the CR will go to the Democrat-controlled Senate where it is expected to draw vigorous opposition. More pro-life legislation will be coming up in the House within a few weeks. We will keep you posted.