PARTIAL VICTORY: House Passes AHCA Bill Redirecting Funds from Planned Parenthood for A Year

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Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017. This bill, which will now head to the Senate, would redirect over 80% of funds away from Planned Parenthood for a year. Those funds (more than $390,000,000) would instead be used for comprehensive community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1.

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council issued the following statement:

“Today is a day that should and will be remembered. The House GOP today fulfilled its nearly decade old promise to pass a bill that replaces Obamacare with a law that is pro-life and reduces premium costs for the American people.

“We are proud of the House Freedom Caucus for working diligently in coalition with conservative groups and others to make this day possible. After entrusting the GOP with authority to lead the country based upon their campaign promises, the House GOP has made good on turning promises into policy. Now it is time for the Senate to follow in the House’s footsteps and pass the AHCA, so that this vital legislation can be signed into law by President Trump who understands the value of every person, born and unborn.

“As a nation, we are without excuse in paying for abortion on demand in Obamacare and subsidizing Planned Parenthood’s gruesome trafficking of baby body parts and its inhumane treatment of mothers and their unborn children.

“I look forward to even more pro-life gains under the Trump administration, as we continue to move toward once again being a nation where all human life is welcomed into the world and protected under our laws,” Perkins concluded.

This is a major pro life step in the right direction but not an absolute victory. This is the third time the House has now voted to strip funding away from Planned Parenthood. The provisions to redirect funds away from Planned Parenthood are included as part of a reconciliation bill, so it’s passage will require 51 votes in the Senate.

Regarding the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act, which includes a provision that would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the bill is eventually signed into law, Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot said:

“[T]his billion-dollar abortion giant has been implicated in massive fraud, waste, and abuse of Medicaid and other federal and state programs. Congress’s well-founded concern that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates are engaged in a pattern of deceptive practices designed to maximize their bottom-line revenue should be enough reason to end the public largesse on their behalf, even apart from the fact that they destroy a third of a million human lives every year and have been involved in numerous other scandals.”

(3) Comments

  1. I have read that AHCA’s diminution in funding for Planned Parenthood will only be for one year. So I guess unless another bill is passed, it will be business as usual for PP after only one year. Does anybody know of any good reason that the ban wasn’t made permanent?

  2. So far the new health care bill is terrible and would be disastrous to many people, especially those with pre-existing conditions and those that are older. It would make it difficult if not impossible for people with pre-existing conditions to be able to afford to purchase medical insurance. The bill for the most part would be devastating to many people because it would make insurance unaffordable and thousands would end up uninsured. I will fight forever to make sure that those who want to remain in office do NOT vote for this bill. I have no trust at all that the bill will be changed adequately that we can feel comfortable passing it and be assured that our insurance rates and deductibles and co-pays won’t go up so that we end up with the insurance company not paying our bills and leave us financially unable to pay them ourselves. I have no trust at all in the Republicans desired changes in insurance plans. I believe that this one year “trial” of defunding Planned Parenthood is just a way to get the bill passed and that after a year Planned Parenthood will be funded again. The plan to defund Planned Parenthood should be a separate bill and Planned Parenthood should be defunded permanently…not just for one year. This bill is unacceptable and misleading. I will fight against it. Do things the RIGHT WAY or don’t do them at all.

  3. And thus unraveling of Obama’s key achievement has begun.

    The question remains, will the Senate rework the bill so that the ultra-conservative members of the House cannot support it?

    That is the last hope for millions of Americans who will be left out in the cold if this bill becomes law.

    What an age we live in that we have to beg members of our elected government not to pass legislation that will directly result in sick people not being able to afford the care they need.


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