Sep 18, 2015

Leader McCarthy: Taxpayers Should Not Be Forced to Support these Horrific Practices

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor in defense of innocent human life and urged his colleagues to put a moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding in light of its barbaric practices.

Excerpts, followed by the full speech, are below, or watch online here.

“The simple fact is that when a baby is born alive, it doesn’t matter how he or she was born. They are living human beings who deserve our care.”

“So if we know that this organization performs hundreds of thousands of abortions per year and we know that women have access to other sources for care, the question is, should we force taxpayers to fund a business that spends its money aborting [327,653] children per year? Should we force taxpayers to fund an organization whose barbaric practices, as vividly shown in those videos, disregard and devalue the sanctity of the most innocent human lives?” 

There is no reason—absolutely no reason—that we must choose between funding women’s health and compelling taxpayers to support abortion.”

  

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“I thank the gentleman for yielding.

 “ Madam Speaker, last week the Judiciary Committee heard testimony from people who had survived abortions. They spoke as part of the House’s ongoing investigation into the practices depicted in the horrific videos that we’ve all seen.

“One of those people who spoke was Gianna [Jessen]. She told the Committee that when her biological mother was seven and a half months pregnant, she went to a clinic where they advised her mother to have an abortion. So that’s what her mother did.

“But by a miracle—and despite the best efforts to end her life—Gianna was born alive. And because she was born before the abortionist had gotten into work, a nurse called an ambulance. Gianna was rushed to a hospital—and she lived—though she suffers from cerebral palsy because of the attempted abortion.

“You know, there are so many others who aren’t as lucky as Gianna. The Born Alive Survivors Protection Act—that’s what we’re voting on today—would help save the lives of those children. It would impose criminal penalties on any medical professional who fails to give the same medical attention to children born after an abortion as they would to any other premature-born baby.

“The simple fact is that when a baby is born alive, it doesn’t matter how he or she was born. They are living human beings who deserve our care.  

“But we are also here today, Madam, Speaker, to take and talk in particular about Planned Parenthood—the organization that tried to take Gianna’s life. I think for the purpose of this debate, it’s very important to understand what this organization is. Many on the other side say that they’re just devoted to women’s health. The facts say something different. In the last year on record, they performed 327,653 abortions. That was in one year. Anyone who tells you that they’re not in the abortion business doesn’t know that number.

“Some defend them because they provide women’s health services. But they don’t have a monopoly on women’s health. There are tens of thousands of alternatives all across the country for women, from community health centers to pregnancy health centers to maternity homes, medical clinics, and more. Community health clinics actually outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics by the thousands and they offer the same health services to women, if not more.

“So if we know that this organization performs hundreds of thousands of abortions per year and we know that women have access to other sources for care, the question is, should we force taxpayers to fund a business that spends its money aborting [327,653] children per year?

“Should we force taxpayers to fund an organization whose barbaric practices, as vividly shown in those videos, disregard and devalue the sanctity of the most innocent human lives?

“The gruesome videos that we’ve seen opened the eyes of America. As we struggle to understand how something so barbaric could happen in this country, we need to get all the facts. Are patients giving sufficient informed consent? Were the body parts of babies sold for profit? These and more are the questions we need to answer. And while we find those answers, we have a moral responsibility to put a moratorium on funding.

“There is no reason the American people should be forced to give their money to such an organization. And there is no reason—absolutely no reason, that we must choose between funding women’s health and compelling taxpayers to support abortion.

“So as we approach this vote, I want every member to ask themselves a simple question: In the face of these videos and with all the alternatives women have for health, why would you want to force your constituents to pay for something so evil?

“I yield back.”

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