U.S. Senate Votes to Repeal Parts of Obamacare, Remove Planned Parenthood Funding
December 4, 2015 – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate gave approval to a budget reconciliation bill dealing with funding for Planned Parenthood and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The bill would remove, for one year, most funding under several mandatory programs such as Medicaid to abortion entities, including Planned Parenthood. The bill would also repeal key provisions of Obamacare, which encourages subsidies for abortion coverage and threatens religious freedom and conscience protections.
Texas Values Action President Jonathan Saenz released the following statement on the vote:
“We are grateful the U.S. Senate has taken a significant step toward repealing Obamacare and removing taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. The vote is a victory for human life and for taxpayers across the nation. It is time to permanently end the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and every other abortion provider. President Obama will now have a decision to protect babies, women, and taxpayers or continue to fund an organization that is engaged in the selling of baby body parts.”
“We thank the Senate leadership, and we especially thank Sen. Ted Cruz for his work ensuring a stronger version of the bill was passed.”
The U.S. House must now pass the updated bill before it heads to President Obama’s desk. Texas Values Action has helped lead grassroots efforts in Texas to defund Planned Parenthood, with over 14,000 emails flooding Congress on the issue.
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