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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham: Fighting for life is a battle worth waging

September 30, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted against a funding bill passed by the House on Wednesday because it preserved funding for Planned Parenthood.

The House approved the funding bill, called a continuing resolution, by a vote of 277-151.

Dr. Abraham advocated for a continuing resolution that stripped funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that performs abortions and is the subject of a number of videos that appear to show that the organization harvests and sells body parts of aborted babies.

“I will listen to anyone and compromise when appropriate, but I will never compromise my principles. I could not in good conscience vote for a CR that provides funding for Planned Parenthood. I believe Congress missed an opportunity to leverage the power of the purse to protect life. Fighting to defend the unborn is a battle I’m always willing to wage, and I will continue to look for opportunities to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for its barbaric abortion practices,” Dr. Abraham said.

Dr. Abraham did support a resolution that passed the House on Wednesday that would end funding for Planned Parenthood, however, it is unlikely the Senate will adopt a similar resolution. Both chambers would have to pass the resolution for it to become part of the funding bill that the President will receive and consider signing into law.

­­As a practicing physician of a rural family clinic in Richland Parish, Dr. Abraham has been defending life since before being elected to Congress.

Since taking office, Dr. Abraham has demonstrated his commitment to pro-life issues. He has cosponsored a number of bills that would defend life, including:

  • The Defund Planned Parenthood Act (HR 3134), which strips federal funding from Planned Parenthood.
  • The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (HR 3504), which levies fines and prison time for doctors who fail to render assistance to children born alive during abortions.
  • The Pro-LIFE Act (HR 3429), which prohibits profiting from the sale of fetal tissue.
  • The Life at Conception Act (HR 816), which states the Constitution guarantees a right to life for Americans at all stages of development beginning at conception.
  • The Pain-Capable Child Protection Act (HR 36), which bans abortions after 20 weeks; and
  • The No Taxpayer Funded Abortion Act (HR 7), which prohibits federal funds from being used by insurance companies to pay for abortions.