President Obama could never undo his pro-abortion legacy — but this week, Congress is giving him an opportunity to try. In perhaps one of the single greatest accomplishments of the last seven years, Republicans managed their first-ever, dual-chamber rebuke of Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare. After more than 60 tries, Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) party celebrated the victory at a special signing ceremony of the Restoring Americans’ Health Care Freedom Act this afternoon.
Fulfilling a promise they’d made to voters, the bill is headed straight for the president’s desk — a maiden voyage for any measure gutting his disaster of a health care law. By a 240-181 vote, the House finally advanced the mission the Americans elected them for: defunding the nation’s biggest abortion group and gutting an unsustainable — and, more importantly, unconscionable — law. For once, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said, the president will be forced to “choose whether to stand with the American people or behind his failures.”
Wednesday’s win was also a long time coming for pro-lifers, who watched with revulsion every David Daleiden videodetailing the horrors of Cecile Richards’ group. For once, the moral injustice done to taxpayers has a voice: Congress’s. “We will not back down from this fight to defend the sanctity of life,” Speaker Ryan insisted, “and make quality health care coverage achievable for all Americans.” Barring a major miracle, the president is determined to veto the measure — even if means the moral weight of both travesties will rest squarely on his shoulders.
But that doesn’t mean the vote was for naught. On the contrary, this was one of the most important statements Republicans could make. For starters, it shows they were listening to the American people and did what they vowed to, despite whatever differences they may have had. Even more significantly, they blazed a trail for moving this kind of legislation forward when America finally has a president who understands the value of every person, born and unborn. Thanks to this precedent, the next time a bill defunding Planned Parenthood hits a pro-life president’s desk, it’s game-over for taxpayer-funding of Richards’s group.
Of course, liberals decried the vote, claiming that 22 million Americans would be without health care if the president signed it. That’s ironic, the experts at Townhall point out, since “a recent Gallup survey showed that uninsured Americans — who still number in the tens of millions — are most likely to disapprove of the so-called ‘Affordable’ Care Act, largely because they can’t afford it.” Unfortunately, not all of the Democrats’ objections were as entertaining as Rep. Jackie Speier’s (Calif.), who compared the vote to “a giant plate of nachos.” And while no one’s quite sure who should be more insulted — the nachos or ObamaCare — she obviously had a chip on her shoulder. There was the usual phony panic from Planned Parenthood, which insisted that if Congress didn’t send them their usual half-billion taxpayer dollars, women’s health care would cease to exist. (What they didn’t mention is that the money would be redirected to thousands of local health clinics that don’t happen to be under criminal investigation.)
And based on this week’s news, most Americans are scratching their heads over what Richards’s group needs the money for. Already, the organization’s PAC is pledging to spend more than $20 million on the election (and that’s not counting Planned Parenthood proper, which copped to sinking $39.3 million in “political advocacy” in just one year)! Not to mention that their biggest moneymaker — abortion — continues to rake in tens of millions of dollars, especially given the 323,999 they performed last year.
The bottom line is the bottom line: Planned Parenthood doesn’t need taxpayer dollars. All the government’s contributions do is enable Richards to spend more money on politics and candidates who support their radical agenda. This forced partnership must end. And thanks to House leadership, like Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), John Fleming (R-La.), and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), America is well on its way to achieving it.
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