DeLauro: Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Tells Americans ‘You Can Just Die’

By Eric Scheiner | September 17, 2015 | 4:30pm EDT
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) on the House Floor Thursday Sept. 17, 2015.

( - Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told members of the House Thursday that a bill putting a moritorium on the funding of Planned Parenthood tells Americans, “forget your health, you can just die.”

“This bill creates chaos and in that chaos peoples lives will be put at risk, DeLauro said. “This bill is spiteful, it’s mean-spirited and it is cruel. It tells millions of low income Americans ‘forget your health, you can just die.’ Enough is enough. I urge my colleagues to vote against this bill.”

The bill proposed by Rep. Diane Black (R.-Tenn.) puts a one year moratorium on federal funding for Planned Parenthood unless the group certifies its affiliates and clinics will not perform or provide any money for abortions, except in the case of rape, incest or danger to the mother’s health.

Another pro-life House measure debated on Thursday is sponsored by Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). The bill would add criminal penalties of fines or imprisonment for a health care practitioner violating the Born Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002.

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