King: HR 3134 ‘not sufficient’ to defund Planned Parenthood

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U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4) released the following statement to express his concerns about H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act:

“We should not be sending any funds whatsoever to Planned Parenthood,” said King. “H.R. 3134 simply restates current law – the Hyde Amendment. This bill does not defund Planned Parenthood – it reauthorizes Planned Parenthood to perform abortions with federal funds in the cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. It does not take away any of their other streams of funding from the federal government or reduce federal funding to Planned Parenthood by even one dollar.

“This bill takes a huge step backwards from the initial conservative position that Planned Parenthood should not be receiving federal funds. The gruesome practices that have been brought to light in the recent Planned Parenthood videos are appalling and have proven that they have no intention to follow current law.

“That is why I am offering an amendment in House Rules today that simply states what the Conservative  Republican position has been for decades and furthermore what the American people are demanding. My amendment says: ‘No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood… any affiliate or clinic of Planned Parenthood… any successor.’

“The funding fight starts now – this is our marker – H.R. 3134 is not a sufficient vote to defund Planned Parenthood. I expect much stronger language than this in the CR coming up in the next few weeks. Innocent, unborn babies deserve more than just a show vote.”

To view King’s amendment, CLICK HERE.