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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Half the states are now able to defund Planned Parenthood, as Congress has cleared the way for them to do so.
The abortion giant rakes in $1.2 billion a year, with a leftover profit of $127 million — most of it from abortion money. Its CEO, Cecile Richards, made an annual pay of nearly $1 million — causing some to wonder how this outfit continues to call itself a "non-profit."
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence once again cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate, this time striking down Obama's agency regulation the lame-duck president pushed through just before he left office. The agency rule by Obama disallowed states from blocking federal Title X funding, flowing through them to Planned Parenthood (PP).
Roughly half the states have shown a willingness to restrict the $500 million of Title X funding funnelled to PP and may do so now that Congress has cleared the way.
Thursday's vote marks the second time Pence has been called on to break a tie in the Senate, the first being the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. This tie-breaking vote was owing to a Senate divided over HJ Resolution 43 (HJR 43), which was needed to undo Obama's rule.
Foreseeing the willingness of the states to restrict money to PP, Obama inserted this agency regulation via the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to the Congressional Review Act, Congress had only 60 days to undo this federal agency regulation or it would become permanent.
Last month, the House of Representatives voted to approve HJR 43 before the 60-day grace period was over. This led to last week's epic vote in the Senate, which removed Obama's newly instituted HHS regulation.
The move by states to defund PP followed in the wake of an undercover video sting by pro-life investigative journalist David Daleiden, exposing the abortion giant illegally profiting off body parts from aborted babies. The videos gave the public graphic evidence that so-called fetal remains are actually babies. It also visually connected PP with abortions, something the corporation continues to downplay.
Title X funding, begun under Republican President Richard Nixon, was to be used for contraception and not abortion. Owing to the fungibility of money, however, PP is able to move money around within its corporation and ultimately use taxpayer money to perform abortions — without appearing to do so.
Watch the panel discuss the fight to end taxpayer funding of infanticide in The Download—The New Abortion Battle.