She’s been trying for years to stop the flow of federal funds to Planned Parenthood. Now it appears that Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black may be able to ride the crest of the latest controversy over the practices of the nation’s largest abortion provider — to move legislation forward on the swelling wave of discontent, even disgust, as she tries to stop hundreds of millions of federal dollars from being deposited into Planned Parenthood bank accounts.
In the aftermath of the release of two shocking undercover videos showing executives of the organization discussing the harvesting and possible sale of fetal body parts, new momentum is building on Capitol Hill to cut off financial support for Planned Parenthood.
Now, GOP Rep. Black — a nurse for more than 40 years and an outspoken member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus — has introduced the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.” On her official website, Rep. Black says of the bill:
The legislation has the support of 80 original cosponsors and would place an immediate moratorium on all federal funding of Planned Parenthood for the span of one year while Congress conducts a full investigation into the organization’s activities. Introduction of the bill follows the release of multiple undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing the harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs.
Planned Parenthood has reportedly received more than half-a-billion dollars in federal funds in each of the last several years. This new attempt to strip that funding from the embattled organization seems to be a serious threat to the group’s generally reliable support from taxpayers, many of whom want no part in keeping open the doors of such an organization.
Politico notes that GOP leaders in both the House and Senate have signaled they will push hard to defund Planned Parenthood — the Politico article describes the “planned crackdown” as looking “increasingly real.”
“House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday he’s anticipating amendments to strip the money over the course of the fall government funding debate,” according to Politico. “That’s in addition to a spate of Hill hearings he said are aimed at learning ‘the facts … and what’s truly is going on.’
“Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said he expects lawmakers to offer a Planned Parenthood amendment to the highway bill, a major piece of must-pass legislation that’s slated for consideration beginning this week.”
Despite the shocking, widely-viewed videos produced by The Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood officials have denied they profit off of fetal organs cut from aborted babies.
When she took to the House floor Tuesday in support of her defunding effort, Rep. Black spoke in emotional terms about the organization whose work she clearly opposes.
CNS News quotes her floor speech, in part: “‘Planned Parenthood doesn’t empower women – it deceives them at their most difficult and vulnerable moments. It values convenience over truth and profit over life.’”
The Hill elaborates on the congressional effort to pull funding from the abortion provider: “Black’s legislation in the House coincides with pledges by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) —- both presidential candidates —- to force votes on defunding Planned Parenthood by adding amendments to the must-pass highway funding bill this week.”
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