Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill that millions of Americans had been waiting for. This ended up overshadowing something else the bill does that has also been desired by millions of conservatives: the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Life News reported that the American Health Care Act [AHCA] would eliminate $390 million of over $450 million in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood, from all mandatory spending programs. It would also redirect funding to community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortion.
“The day Obamacare passed was also — it was a day of disappointment for the sanctity of life. But hope is finally shining through,” Vice President Mike Pence said last week. “The bill before the Congress actually eliminates Obamacare’s abortion expansion and it defunds Planned Parenthood, and keeps the President’s promise to devote those resources to healthcare providers that help women without promoting abortion. When this bill passes, it, I believe, will be one of the defining victories for life.”
“[The health-care bill] will do what is right by stopping taxpayer funding for abortions and refocusing Medicaid on those who most need it,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
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