WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Sept. 18 to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of the release of undercover videos providing evidence the organization trades in baby body parts.
On the same date, the House also approved legislation to protect babies who survive abortions. House members passed the bills in the face of President Barack Obama’s promise to veto both measures.
Representatives voted 241–187 for the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, H.R. 3134. The bill would place a one-year moratorium on federal money for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates while Congress investigates the organization.
Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), hailed the bills’ passage as the “absolutely right” action by lawmakers, saying, “As long as the human rights of babies are subjected to the autonomous ‘choices’ of others or the profiteering of corporations, our national conscience will continue to cry out.”
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