Citing Mobile Clinic, Byrne Calls on House to Defund Planned Parenthood
During a speech from the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today called on the House to pass legislation to eliminate all federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
In explaining his opposition to Planned Parenthood, Congressman Byrne cited a report that the Mobile Planned Parenthood clinic failed to properly report, as required by Alabama law, that a 14 year old girl has received two abortions in a four month time period.
In response to the horrific videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of baby body parts, the House is expected to vote tomorrow on H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. Congressman Byrne is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which would eliminate all of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.
A complete transcript of Congressman Byrne’s speech can be found below.
Byrne said: “By now we have all seen the appalling videos which depict Planned Parenthood officials talking about how they “crush” babies in certain ways to preserve certain organs and then bargaining over the price of the organs.
“I want to be crystal clear: the loss of any human life is a tragedy, but the casual nature in which the Planned Parenthood officials talk about killing a baby is simply heartbreaking and appalling. It is unconscionable that any American could be that cold and callous.
“Let me tell you about the Planned Parenthood clinic in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama. They were cited by the Alabama Department of Health for performing two abortions on a 14 year old girl in a span of four months without complying with state laws that require the reporting of possible sexual abuse. That is the type of organization we are talking about.
“Congress cannot simply sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to respond. These egregious actions require a response.
“Mr. Speaker, I do not believe the federal government should be spending a single penny on Planned Parenthood, and H.R. 3134 would make that a reality. I urge my colleagues to support this rule. I yield back.”