Oklahoma congressmen have taken action to curb Planned Parenthood after the release of several undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of body parts of aborted unborn babies.
U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, has introduced the Grace Act, a bill to prohibit federal government contracts from going to companies that donate to Planned Parenthood. Bridenstine has sponsored numerous other bills to cut direct government funding to the organization.
“The government should not do business with companies that facilitate Planned Parenthood operations,” Bridenstine said. “Every child has value. Every person has a purpose. Most Americans are horrified at the thought of expertly crushing the bodies of pre-born, living babies and ‘harvesting’ organs.”
Bridenstine said Planned Parenthood has been exposed recently as not only a major provider of abortions but also as a marketer of baby parts harvested from their victims. He said this horrific practice is funded by the American taxpayer at a rate of more than $1,400,000.00 per day. The $528,000,000.00 million Planned Parenthood received from government grants, contracts and Medicaid reimbursements in fiscal year 2013-2014 accounted for 41 percent of its overall revenue. An additional 30 percent of revenue, $392 million, was received from private contributions and bequests.
“This organization promotes itself as a great protector of women’s health and provider of choice. In truth, the choice they offer is abortion. In 2013, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions which comprised 94 percent of their pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals amounted to 5 percent and 0.5 percent respectively. According to their own reports, Planned Parenthood performed 174 abortions for every adoption referral. If the public knew these facts, on top of the recent video revelations, their donation funding would dry up, too.
“It is sad that both parties in Congress are complicit in continuing to fund Planned Parenthood through last minute, massive spending bills like CRs (continuing resolutions) or omnibus bills,” Bridenstine said. “I have not and will not vote for any spending bill that sends one cent to Planned Parenthood.”
Bridenstine’s bill would prohibit federal contracts with any entity that donates or matches employee donations to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. For details, go to Bridenstine.House.gov.
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, in July introduced Senate Bill 1877 to require a special prosecutor to be appointed by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals for the purpose of investigating Planned Parenthood’s alleged violation of federal law, including changing or delaying abortion procedures for the sole purpose of harvesting fetal tissue and selling fetal tissue for profit. The legislation would also rescind federal funding to Planned Parenthood as a means to pay for this special investigation and would also authorize the investigation of any other organization that funds or conducts abortions.
“There are now three egregious videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s casual disregard of human life, the latest one showing unborn body parts being priced for sale,” Inhofe said. “We need to do more than just defund Planned Parenthood; it’s time they are investigated. It’s easy for the organization to make verbal claims they have not participated in illegal activity, but it’s time to put their feet to the fire as to whether they broke the law by adjusting abortion procedures to harvest fetal tissue and organs. Our nation should not be condoning the act of killing our own children or allowing these corrupt organizations to put women’s health in danger. Senate Bill 1877 would not only defund Planned Parenthood, but it would also investigate the organization so that justice can be served for breaking the law in their handling of women’s health and the lives of the unborn.”