The U.S. House of Representatives has voted today to temporarily defund Planned Parenthood while legislators continue their investigation of the abortion giant’s practice of selling fetal body parts, LifeSiteNews reports. If adopted, the bill would deprive the organization of $235 million of savings which would instead be invested in health infrastructure. The final vote for H.R. 3134, the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015,” was 241-187. However, the bill is not expected to pass the Senate where Democrats hold a majority of seats.
U.S. President Obama is considered to be the most pro-abortion President in history. As a Senator he even opposed attempts to restrict the particularly gruesome practice of partial-birth abortions – which is quite indicative of his stance.
The vote in the U.S. is of interest also for Europe, where a (permanent) defunding of abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International is the stated objective of ONE OF US, a European Citizens’ Intitiative (ECI) that has collected nearly 2 million votes in 2013. While the European Commission is unwilling to follow-up on the petition, the petitioners are not giving in and have filed a lawsuit to get the Commission’s inadequate reply to their petition examined by the European Court of Justice. Both Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International have applied to be given lave to intervene as third parties on the side of the Commission, given that the Commission’s generous funding is their major source of income in Europe.
The latest rumour is that White and Case, the lawyers representing both Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International, have renounced the mandate. (No reason has been given…)