WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives attempted to override President Obama's veto of the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which would have removed, for one year, most funding under several mandatory programs such as Medicaid for abortion entities, including Planned Parenthood. The bill would have also repealed key provisions of Obamacare, which encourages subsidies for abortion coverage and threatens conscience protections. The House did not obtain the required votes of two-thirds of Representatives necessary to override the veto.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response:
"The House made a valiant effort to remove government funding from Planned Parenthood and to dismantle Obamacare. I applaud those pro-life House members for valuing human life at its most vulnerable stage. Despite the failed veto override, a critical precedent has now been set for moving a similar measure forward when America finally has a President who understands the value of every person, born and unborn. What has formerly been viewed as impossible has now been made much more possible, and we look forward to the day very soon when a pro-life Congress sends a similar bill to a pro-life President to sign into law.
"Despite this veto, we still have much to celebrate. Never before has Congress been able to send a bill to President Obama's desk ending the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to the many Members of Congress who made the protection of the unborn and their mothers, and the repeal of pro-abortion, punitive mandates within Obamacare such a high priority.
"Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, should not be funded with taxpayer dollars, especially in light of the selling of baby body parts and possible partial birth abortion violations," concluded Perkins.
This week FRC published an issue analysis on Planned Parenthood and its harvesting of aborted babies' parts: http://www.frc.org/plannedparenthoodinvestigation
SOURCE Family Research Council