WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed
legislation to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Rep. Diane Black
introduced H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, after
the series of horrific videos were made public by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that argues Planned Parenthood has profited from acquiring fetal tissue for researchers in an effort to prevent
federal funding from going to the controversial abortion group.
After passage of H.R. 3134, Congressman Gibbs released the following statement:
“I thank my colleagues for voting to defund Planned Parenthood. We
saw, in terrible detail, the practices involved, including restarting
the heart of an aborted child only to silence the beat of that heart
once again. These videos shined a light on the dark truths of Planned
Parenthood. While the appropriate House committees investigate whether
these gruesome procedures broke any federal laws, it is only right to
prevent taxpayer dollars from filling Planned Parenthood’s coffers.”
The House also passed H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors
Protection Act, which would make the failure to provide standard medical
care to children born alive during an abortion a federal crime.
Earlier in the day, Congressman Gibbs spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 3134.