View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, February 18, 2011

House votes to defund Planned Parenthood

A victory in the House for the women and the unborn.

The House voted 240-185 to block federal aid for Planned Parenthood.

The vote was victory for pro-lifer's in Congress led by Congressman Mike Pence, who argued that taxpayer money should not go to groups that provide or promote abortion.

In it's latest report, Planned Parenthood - the nation's largest provider of abortion, with more than 300,000 babies killed by abortion in the most recent year for which we have figures - said it received some $363 million in federal money.

The proposal to cut the funding is part of a bill that seeks to cut government spending this year.

The Senate, which has more pro-abortion members, will likely reject the House proposal. I intend to contact my two Senators to urge them to support the cut. (Alas, they are both strongly pro-abortion, including one who identifies herself as a Catholic. But I believe in the power of prayer.)


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