July 31, 2015

Christian Coalition of America Encourages our Members to Support Senate Bill S.1881 to Defund Planned Parenthood

On Tuesday night, Senator Joni Ernst, along with several of her colleagues, including Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Tim Scott, filed the Senate Bill S.1881 defunding Planned Parenthood. 

This legislation follows gruesome footage showcasing Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies.

In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, this legislation ensures the preservation of Federal funding for women’s health services including relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals.  Funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be offered to other eligible entities to provide such women’s health care services.

 

This legislation is expected to come before the Senate floor for a vote within a matter of days, as Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that the Senate will vote on this bill before departing for an extended state work period and August recess.

Cosponsors of the bill include Senators John Barrasso (WY), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozman (AR), Richard Burr (NC) Dan Coats (IN), Tom Cotton (AR) John Cornyn (TX), Ted Cruz (TX), Steve Daines (MT), Mike Enzi (WY), Deb Fischer (NE), James Inhofe (OK), Johnny Isakson (GA), Ron Johnson (WI), James Lankford (OK), John McCain (AZ) Mitch McConnell (KY), Jerry Moran (KS), Rand Paul (KY), David Perdue (GA), Pat Roberts (KS), Ben Sasse (NE), Tim Scott (SC), and John Thune (SD).

Senate Bill S.1881:

  • Prohibits federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliate organizations.
  • Protects federal funding for health services for women, including diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postnatal care, immunizations, cervical and breast cancer screenings and more.
  • Ensures there is no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women’s health.


The text of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act can be seen here.

Christian Coalition of America supports passage of this bill and will be scoring this vote on our Congressional Scorecards.

We ask all of our members and supporters to contact their Senators and encourage them to pledge their support for passage of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (S.1881) by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to speak with your Senators’ office or by corresponding with them via their Senate contact information which can be found here.

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House Majority Leader McCarthy: We Don’t Have to Choose Between War and a Bad Deal

One of the strongest arguments the Obama Administration has made in defense of its fundamentally flawed Iran nuclear deal is that the only alternative is war. 

The reason for that belief is, according to Secretary of State John Kerry that, “If Congress rejects this, Iran goes back to its enrichment. The Ayatollah will not come back to the table… the sanctions regime completely falls apart.” Eventually, there will be no sanctions and Iran will get a bomb, so the story goes. 

In and outside of Congress, those with grave concerns about the deal have recognized that we have more than these two choices. With a President willing to take the lead, the world can double-down on the sanctions regime, bring Iran back to the negotiating table, and force a better deal... (READ MORE)

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Sen. Cruz: The Court Has Declared Itself a Super-Legislature

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held a hearing last week, “With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions,” in the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts. The hearing focused on the Supreme Court’s recent lawless decisions ending traditional marriage and rewriting Obamacare to save it.

“The Court today is not a body of jurists. It is not a body of judges following the law, but rather it has declared itself, in effect, a super-legislature,” Sen. Cruz said. “Justice Scalia powerfully wrote in dissent that the decisions of the Court this term are a fundamental threat to our democracy, that five unelected lawyers have declared themselves the rulers of 320 million Americans.”

Sen. Cruz cited past cases that laid the groundwork for stripping Americans of their most precious right—the right to govern themselves... (READ MORE)

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