President Barack Obama today vetoed a budget reconciliation bill that included a provision terminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood and redirecting those funds to more comprehensive community health care providers.
“The president has chosen to continue funding for the abortion giant that helped get him elected rather than expand health care choices for women,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “All he has done is kill an historic bill that would have redirected existing funding from the scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood to thousands of better, low-cost community health care providers that serve women and families far more comprehensively. It is past time to end the government’s immoral partnership with Planned Parenthood that has been forced upon the American people.”
Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, affirmed that the pro-life momentum that led Congress to vote for Planned Parenthood defunding would continue.
“We already knew that President Obama has a callous disregard for babies in the womb and even babies who survive abortions,” he said in a statement. “With this veto, he not only continues to trample on their rights and the broken hearts of their mothers, he rewards their oppressors.
“There is no justification for the government to fund and thereby promote Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. This may be the first time a president has received legislation to remove Planned Parenthood’s tentacles from the nation’s treasury, it will not be the last.”