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Defund-a-palooza: Planned Parenthood, Obamacare on notice

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 18, 2011 02:48 PM

I am going to celebrate the bipartisan passage of the De-Fund Planned Parenthood amendment by…eating Ramen, of course!

The GOP Rep. Mike Pence-sponsored proposal passed on a bipartisan vote this afternoon 240-185. Nine Democrats joined the GOP majority. Seven Republicans crossed over to hold hands with the Planned Parenthood predation enablers.

Steve Ertelt at LifeNews reports:

he House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to scrap funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business and ensure it can’t receive any federal funds through any departments or programs.

House members approved the Pence amendment on a 240-185 vote with 9 Democrats joining most Republicans to support de-funding the abortion business. Another 7 Republicans sided with most all of the pro-abortion Democrats in the lower chamber in voting for the pro-abortion organization to receive taxpayer funds.

The fight to stop Planned Parenthood funding is not over as the amendment is part of a continuing resolution bill needed to fund the federal government and the funding apparatus still faces Senate action and likely conference committee action — which could ultimately leave the amendment out of the final draft of the bill that goes to pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

Matt Smith, the president of Catholic Advocate, applauded the vote in comments to LifeNews.com.

“We need to get government spending under control to get our economy back on track,” he said. :If there is one industry in this country that should never receive a tax-payer subsidy, it is Planned Parenthood. Thank you to Congressman Pence and the House of Representatives for listening to the voice of the American people who do not want their tax dollars supporting the abortion business.”

The vote followed a terse debate which has pro-life lawmakers pointing out abuses at Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates accusing pro-life lawmakers of hurting women.

Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana led the way in fighting for the amendment to ensure that none of the federal funds in any program or department would go to the abortion business, which does more than 324,000 abortions annually and receives more than #363 million in federal, state and local taxpayer funds.

“I believe that ending an innocent human life is morally wrong,” Pence told his colleagues. “I also believe it is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund organizations that provide and promote abortion-like Planned Parenthood of America.”

On another front, GOP Rep. Steve King’s Obamacare de-funding measure passed 241-187.

I’ll post roll call vote info as soon as it’s available.

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