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Pro-lifers dismayed: GOP spending proposal would fund Planned Parenthood

May 02, 2017

American pro-life activists have expressed dismay that a federal spending bill, put forward by the Republican Congressional majority, would apparently continued taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

Although President Trump and many Republican candidates promised during campaign season that they would move to drop the $500 million annual contribution that the federal government has made to Planned Parenthood, the spending bill presented to Congress this week does not address the matter.

Republican Party officials say that they still intend to pursue their effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood, but chose not to enter a potentially contentious debate in the context of the overall spending bill.

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  • Posted by: marianjohn7861 - May. 03, 2017 8:39 PM ET USA

    The Family Research Council came out with a good case for the better way to stop funding PP.

  • Posted by: vjenkins78814 - May. 03, 2017 1:46 PM ET USA

    The fight goes on in the grassroots!!! When a politician makes a pledge, they should stick by it.

  • Posted by: rfr46 - May. 03, 2017 9:22 AM ET USA

    I doubt that the Republicans had the votes to pass a bill that included defunding PP. Not all members of that party would support such a measure.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - May. 03, 2017 5:36 AM ET USA

    No one should be surprised. Our government - all parties - are secular in nature. They will not bring about the "Kingdom of God". Any gains we make are purely incidental under a given circumstance. When we understand that, we can be less disappointed, and simply continue to live our faith in a largely hostile "culture".

  • Posted by: Jim.K - May. 03, 2017 1:12 AM ET USA

    Remember Ronald Regan? He always talked a good game re: anti-abortion but could never find the right time, get enough votes, etc. The few bills he did pass got lots of publicity but had very little actual effect. The same pattern seems to be developing now. Trump saved us from Hillary and delivered a "conservative" to the Supreme Court (I think he did, but we'll have to see how that actually works out). Even if that is all we get, he will have been a positive, but the rest remains to be seen.

  • Posted by: kenkay7072 - May. 02, 2017 10:20 PM ET USA

    It seems improbable that "draining the swamp" will ever be possible in a federal government that is filled with deceitful, corrupt cowards in both parties. All must look deeply into their contribution to this state of affairs from their own, unlikely intentional, actions that are indifferent to the discipleship of Jesus. Instead, our spirit spiritual sloth, materialism, and avoidance of discomfort in challenging others to promote the virtuous Catholic understanding of the common good prevails.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - May. 02, 2017 10:04 PM ET USA

    Ya keep hopin' the Repubs would learn the ONE, SINGLE, VALUABLE lesson from the demos: stick together. The President is doing his part to "drain the swamp" but it was always in doubt whether a Repub majority was interested. Pass a budget and let the demos shut down the government-just make sure you make it known who didn't want to put the country on a sound fiscal track-sheeeeesh!

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - May. 02, 2017 8:06 PM ET USA

    Republican officials are trying to have it both ways. They're likely to be defeated in 2018. So much for them controlling all three branches of government.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - May. 02, 2017 2:36 PM ET USA

    As usual. It's never the right time to (fill in the blank) for the Republicans. Shame on me for thinking things would change with this president. I don't believe we have a 2 party system. They're all Republocrats!