Pro-life leaders: Failed vote to override Planned Parenthood defunding veto still a victory

Fr. Mark Hodges

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Publication Date: February 04, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood but did not have the two-thirds majority to override President Obama's veto. The final vote to override was 241-186.

The bill would have denied the nation's largest and most lucrative abortion business any Medicaid funding. Planned Parenthood received well over half a billion tax dollars from the government in 2014 alone. 

Still, pro-life leaders are calling the failure to override a victory. 

"Despite this veto, we still have much to celebrate," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins explained. "Never before has Congress been able to send a bill to President Obama's desk ending the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood."


Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life noted, "When a business like Planned Parenthood aborts children in the womb, it doesn't matter what else it does – any money added to its revenue stream is money that facilitates the taking of innocent life."

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised to take defunding the abortion giant to the Supreme Court, announcing Tuesday morning, "We are taking this all the way to the end of the process under our Constitution."


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