WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council and a coalition of 60 other pro-life groups sent a letter today thanking Members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to remove federal funding from scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, and another similar letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence's (R-IN) Amendment No. 11 to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1) was passed by the House, and if enacted into law will prevent government funding for abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
The letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor includes the following:
"We applaud you for holding to your principles by voting for this amendment.
"Planned Parenthood, a scandal-plagued abortion company, does not deserve hundreds of millions in federal dollars each year while it continues to abuse innocent young victims. As you know, recent evidence proves that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, not only left minor girls trapped in prostitution, but was willing to aid the sex traffickers who would profit from this activity. What goes on behind the windowless offices of Planned Parenthood, as Live Action's videos show, is both saddening and shocking. There is evidence too showing that Planned Parenthood clinics have repeatedly refused to comply with state statutory rape reporting laws and often ignore parental consent laws. The fact that this has often been done with taxpayer dollars is indefensible.
"Funding Planned Parenthood and its affiliates does not decrease abortion. Rather, it increases the incidence of abortion, while it also encourages irresponsible and sometimes illegal activities that harm young women. In addition, Planned Parenthood's abortion machine massively outpaces its adoption referrals. In 2008 a woman entering a Planned Parenthood clinic was 134 times more likely to have an abortion than be referred for adoption."