Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org, signed on to the following letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner to remain firm and ensure that the Continuing Resolution that keeps the federal government running does not include funding for Planned Parenthood. David Brody of CBN News wrote about this here. The letter in full:
February 24, 2011
The Honorable John Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner,
Planned Parenthood, a scandal-plagued abortion organization, must be held accountable for abusing innocent young victims while receiving hundreds of millions in federal dollars each year.
They must be defunded of federal tax dollars, and now is the time to do it. The House vote in support of Rep. Mike Pence’s Amendment No. 11 to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1) to prevent government funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is an excellent start.
However, the House vote on the Pence Amendment is nothing more than symbolic unless it remains intact through the legislative process. Defunding Planned Parenthood must be a non-negotiable in the Continuing Resolution and we urge you to accept nothing less than this outcome.
The fact that Planned Parenthood was caught aiding and abetting sex traffickers proves that it is not safe for women and young girls. What goes on in offices and clinics of Planned Parenthood, as Live Action’s videos show, is both saddening and shocking. That it has often been done using taxpayer dollars is indefensible.
As the largest abortion company in the United States, Planned Parenthood repeatedly refuses to comply with state statutory rape reporting laws, and often ignores parental consent laws.
Just this week, Phill Kline, former Attorney General of Kansas, testified under oath that Planned Parenthood of Overland Park and the late abortionist George Tiller performed abortions on a combined 166 girls, age fourteen or younger. Out of the 166 cases of statutory rape, just two were reported to authorities, Kline testified.
As debate over the Continuing Resolution continues we urge you to do everything you can to ensure that the Pence Amendment remains intact in the final version of the Continuing Resolution. Planned Parenthood is not safe for women, it is not safe for young girls, and it must be defunded now.
President, Susan B. Anthony List
President, Live Action
Vice President for Government Affairs, FRC
CEO, Concerned Women for America
Dr. John Willke
President, International Right to Life Federation
National Director, 40 Days for Life
Founder and President, Eagle Forum
President, Citizens for Community Values
Executive Director, Students for Life of America
Jill Stanek, RN
Executive Director, Life Issues Institute
President, American Values
President, American Principles Project
Colin A. Hanna
President, Let Freedom Ring
Steven W. Mosher
President, Population Research Institute
John J. Jakubczyk
Former President, Arizona Right to Life
Mario H. Lopez
President, Hispanic Leadership Fund
Executive Director, Ohio Right to Life Society
Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life
President, People for Life of Erie, Pennsylvania
Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life
Kevin H. Smith
Executive Director, Cornerstone Action
Vice President, Catholic Advocate
Rev. Jason J. McGuire
Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms