Somewhat lost in the cacophony following the House passing an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill Thursday is the news that the bill achieves an objective desired by Conservatives for nearly half a century – the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
As Life News reports, 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. The measure also redirects funding to community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortion. AHCA also repeals Obamacare abortion subsidies, adds reforms to give states more flexibility and lower costs, and provides families more options.
The bill would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, and it applies as well to the CHIP and the Title V and Title XX block grant programs.
Vice President Mike Pence, speaking before a “Campaign for Life” event held by the Susan B. Anthony List, announced:
The day Obamacare passed was also — it was a day of disappointment for the sanctity of life. But hope is finally shining through.
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.
Conversely, the bill has outraged Planned Parenthood.
Almost immediately after the House passed the AHCA, Planned Parenthood took to social media with what some have called “fear-mongering and attempting to scare women into protecting her death organization.”
However, despite praise from the Vice-President and the National Right to Life, and enmity from Planned Parenthood , there is no guarantee that the AHCA will survive in the Senate, where even conservative pro-lifers like Senator Mike Lee oppose it.
One of the reasons why conservatives pro-lifers in the Senate and elsewhere might be feeling blasé about the AHCA despite the defunding of Planned Parenthood is that the AHCA only defunds the organization for – believe it or not – one year.