U.S. House votes this week on defunding Planned Parenthood, and other pro-life issues.
On February 15, 16, and 17, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on multiple abortion-related amendments to a bill (H.R. 1) that will fund all federal programs through September 30, 2011. Of particular importance is an amendment to be offered by Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), which would deny all federal funds, through September 30, for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., and 102 PPFA affiliates, which are named in the text of the amendment. On February 14, NRLC sent House members a letter urging them to support the Pence Amendment and certain other very important pro-life provisions contained in H.R. 1. Regarding the Pence Amendment, the NRLC letter said, “PPFA is the nation’s largest abortion provider, reporting 324,008 abortions in 2008. It appears that abortion accounts for roughly one-third of the aggregate income generated by PPFA-affiliated clinics. According to press reports, PPFA has recently mandated that all of its regional affiliates must provide abortions by the end of 2013. Recent media reports regarding abuses associated with PPFA-affiliated clinics in multiple states provide an additional justification for the amendment. NRLC strongly supports the Pence Amendment, and will include the roll call in our scorecard.” To read the entire NRLC letter, click here.
Please call the office of your U.S. House member and urge him or her to support the Pence Amendment and all other pro-life amendments to H.R. 1. Click here and simply enter your zip code into the box and you will see the correct phone number, as well as a suggestion for the message you should deliver to the staff person who takes the call. After that, if possible, please take a moment to use the handy “feedback” form to send NRLC a brief report, by e-mail, regarding what the staff person said about how your representative will vote on the Pence Amendment. This vote could occur on February 15, 16, or 17, but most likely will occur on February 17. Please call today!