Washington, DC - Last night in a historic vote, the U.S. Senate passed a reconciliation bill that guts major portions of Obamacare and bars Planned Parenthood from receiving Federal tax dollars in Medicaid reimbursements. This would effectively defund Planned Parenthood to the tune of nearly $500 million each year. The final vote was 52-47.
"The pro-life movement, including Operation Rescue, has fought for years to halt public funding to the nation's largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood. With this victory in the Senate, and guaranteed passage in the House, we have achieved an unprecedented political victory!" said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "The majority of the American people do not support doling out millions of our hard-earned tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, and with this vote, the will of the people has been heard. Planned Parenthood is a private organization that is fully capable of funding itself. It certainly does not need to drain public funds that can be better used elsewhere to help women with legitimate medical services."
Operation Rescue understands that the bill will be vetoed by President Barack Obama, a radical abortion supporter. However, if a Republican President is elected next November, there is now every confidence that a similar bill will finally accomplish the defunding goal. This makes the next presidential election of critical importance for those who oppose tax funding of abortion businesses or abortion itself.
Newman has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for President, who was a strong proponent of the defunding measure and provided inspiring leadership on this issue.
Operation Rescue is grateful to all the Senators who were instrumental in this successful vote, including GOP leadership that came through on their promise to bring the defunding of Planned Parenthood to the floor for a vote.