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Cole Supports Pro-Life Legislation

September 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the followed statement after he supported pro-life legislation on the House floor this week. 

In response to recent video evidence showing Planned Parenthood’s negotiation and sale of aborted baby remains, the House passed H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which would discontinue funds for one year for any service offered by Planned Parenthood or its affiliates if it performs abortions. The House also passed H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires attending medical professionals during abortion procedures to provide the same life-saving care to babies if they are born alive. 

“Like most Americans, I am appalled and disgusted by the recent video evidence brought against Planned Parenthood,” said Cole. “In the wake of the horrendous videos, I am encouraged that the House has taken swift and appropriate action to confront the atrocities at the organization through legislative measures and ongoing committee investigations. Further, the subcommittee that I chair addressed some of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding when we drafted our appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. When the bill was passed out of the full committee at the end of June, it reflected cuts to the direct sources of federal funding in the subcommittee’s jurisdiction in the form of Title X Family Planning grants. 

“Clearly, the House is determined to protect the lives of unborn children and prevent taxpayer dollars from being channeled in the form of federal funding to Planned Parenthood. And without question, lawmakers in both chambers have pursued the steps that are possible given the current political landscape,” concluded Cole.