- The Washington Times
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ten of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the nation sent a letter to Congress Tuesday urging the legislature to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.

“This Republican Pro-life Congress made a promise to American voters to stop taxpayer funding for the largest abortion chain in the nation, Planned Parenthood,” the letter said. “It is now well past time to deliver on that promise.”

Congress failed to pass the health care bill repealing and replacing Obamacare before the August recess. That bill also included a provision defunding Planned Parenthood, which receives more than $500 million in annual taxpayer funding.

The pro-life leaders urged Congress to revisit that bill.

“Whether that is a broad pro-life healthcare reform package or a narrower bill is up to the Congress to determine,” the letter said. “But giving up is not why the voters sent pro-life Republicans to Congress.”

The letter’s signers include Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of Americans United for Life; Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List; and Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action.

President Trump promised during the campaign to redirect Planned Parenthood’s funding to women’s health clinics that do not perform abortions. But infighting over how to repeal and replace Obamacare has stalled that effort, and Planned Parenthood continues to receive taxpayer dollars.

The organization performs roughly 900 abortions every day.

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