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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham votes to defund Planned Parenthood

September 18, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides abortion services in clinics across the nation.

Dr. Abraham is an original cosponsor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which passed 241-187-1. His sponsorship of the bill came during the wake of shocking videos that show high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and sale of body parts of aborted fetuses.

Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million in taxpayer money. The Defund Planned Parenthood Act shifts that money from Planned Parenthood to other women’s health care providers that do not perform abortions.

“As a family doctor, I’ve spent my career protecting life. The Planned Parenthood videos show the depths of the heinous practices that take place within that organization. It doesn’t deserve one penny of taxpayer money. My vote today protects the life of unborn children while ensuring women still have access to the medical care they need,” Dr. Abraham said.

The House also passed – with Dr. Abraham’s support – the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The act will make health care providers subject to prison sentences and fines if they refuse to provide medical care to a baby who is born alive during an abortion. It’s another bill rooted in the Planned Parenthood videos that show the organization encourages its provides to perform abortions in such a way that they can harvest more tissue and maximize their profits resulting from the sale of that tissue.

“I can’t even fathom not helping a baby after he or she is born. Any doctor who refuses to care for a child should be in jail,” Dr. Abraham said.

The House’s actions Friday did not shut down the federal government; it simply shifted funding from Planned Parenthood to other providers who do not perform abortions.

Dr. Abraham’s votes Friday demonstrate his continued commitment to protecting the lives of unborn babies. In May, he voted for Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks. He cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Act, which prevents federal funds from being used by insurance companies to pay for abortions. He also cosponsored the Life at Conception Act, a bill that declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in all stages of life, including the moment of conception.