Sam Johnson Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

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Washington, September 18, 2015 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  This week U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted in support of two Pro-Life bills of which he is an original co-sponsor: The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) and The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3505).

“As a Christian, father, and grandfather, I believe in the sanctity of LIFE,” said Johnson.  “It breaks my heart to see the vile and horrific videos that have surfaced over the last few months depicting Planned Parenthood’s selling of babies’ body parts.  I worry that many people around the world have become desensitized to the fact that ALL life is precious and sacred.  That’s why I have taken to the House Floor to denounce what is going on at Planned Parenthood.”

Johnson continued, “Defunding Planned Parenthood is actually something I have been working on for quite some time.  In fact earlier this year, before these videos were released, I called on the Appropriations Committee to stop allowing taxpayer dollars to go to this organization.”

“While these votes this week are a great step forward to protect the lives of the unborn, I also believe Washington should follow Texas’ lead by permanently defunding Planned Parenthood.   Rest assured I will continue to be a champion for LIFE.”

Johnson 2015 Pro-Life Efforts

Johnson cosponsors the following Pro-Life bills:

  • The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) would ban abortions after 20 weeks.
  • Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 217) would prohibit federal planning funding to entities which perform abortions.
  • Life at Conception Act (H.R. 816) would define life as starting at conception.
  • Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940) would prohibit retribution against healthcare providers who refuse to provide abortions.
  • Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act (H.R. 3197) would ban all federal funding to entities that perform abortions.
  • End Trafficking of the Terminated Unborn Act (H.R. 3215) would prohibit any fetal tissue research from aborted fetuses.
  • Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504) explicitly states that a baby born alive after an attempted abortion is fully protected under federal law.  It also would increase federal penalties by including federal murder charges against anyone who performs an act that results in the death of an aborted, live-born baby.
  • Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) would stop any federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year after enactment while Congress investigates the Planned Parenthood videos.

READ THE LETTER Johnson signed urging the Appropriations Committee to defund Planned Parenthood

WATCH JOHNSON ON THE HOUSE FLOOR speaking out against Planned Parenthood videos

*Also of note: in the 111th Congress, Johnson voted for two bills to explicitly defund Planned Parenthood (Pence Amendment to H.R. 1 and H.Con.Res. 36).

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