Today Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) voted to protect women, children, and families. The House passed H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act and H.R. 3504, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
As the House continues investigations into allegations of unethical and illegal practices at Planned Parenthood, H.R. 3134 puts a one year moratorium on funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates and instead invests $235 million in Federally Qualified Health Centers in support of women’s health care. H.R. 3504 makes failure to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion a federal crime and applies stronger penalties in cases where an overt act is taken to kill a baby who survives abortion.
Rep. McMorris Rodgers released the following statement:
“The undercover videos featuring senior level officials admitting to unethical and potentially illegal procedures should be of great concern to everyone. Anyone watching these videos can surely say—the American people deserve answers.
“What kind of country are we if we think the actions revealed in these videos are acceptable? We must work towards better protections for women, children, and families. In addition to the vital legislation passed today, we have three powerful committees investigating the abortion practices described. Our work is just beginning.
“America is the place where everyone is empowered to achieve a better life. And that begins with safety and security for everyone. Of course, those who would commit violent acts against Planned Parenthood are also clearly in the wrong.
“Women’s health care should be available from providers who do not practice these horrendous acts. No woman should have to choose between getting the care she needs and supporting an organization that harvests baby organs.”
Click here to view a video featuring abortion survivors and McMorris Rodgers talking about the ongoing investigations.
Click here to learn more about what House Republicans are doing to hold Planned Parenthood accountable and find answers for the American people.