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Protecting Life

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Washington, January 27, 2016 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

Last week, thousands of pro-life activists made the trip to D.C., despite an impending blizzard, for the March for Life on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Each year, I’m so proud of the dedication of the pro-life community and even prouder to support the pro-life movement. As an OB-GYN who delivered nearly 5,000 babies, I will always be a strong supporter of the right to life. I’ve seen with my own eyes through the lens of an ultrasound that life is a precious miracle that begins at conception, and I will never stop fighting for the rights of the unborn.

Last year, videos surfaced showing executives from Planned Parenthood casually discussing the gruesome practice of mutilating aborted babies and selling their body parts. These serious allegations are not only sickening; if they’re true then Planned Parenthood has broken federal law. This is why I supported the forming of a special investigative panel to look into these allegations. This important committee is being led by Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn, and I look forward to seeing the results of their investigation.

While there has been some controversy over the production and release of the videos, I strongly believe that any organization that offers abortion services should NOT receive federal tax dollars – even if the organization claims that no federal funding goes toward abortion services. Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million in government funds each year, and, while they claim none of these dollars directly support abortion services because it is prohibited by federal law, these tax dollars undoubtedly add to the bottom line of an organization whose main business is abortion.

As a physician who spent my career caring for women, I understand how important preventative services like pap smears and breast exams are, which is why I support redirecting funds from Planned Parenthood to community health centers. This would ensure women have access to these important health care services while taking away federal funding from an organization that performs more than 300,000 abortions annually, according to their most recent annual report.

Using the reconciliation process, the House has sent a bill to the president’s desk to redirect funds from Planned Parenthood to community health centers. Unsurprisingly, the bill passed by the House and Senate was vetoed by President Obama, but I’m glad the House will act once again by voting to override the president’s veto when Congress returns next week. This isn’t about whether you are pro-life or pro-abortion, though I will always be a strong supporter of the right to life; this is about the serious allegations that an organization that receives millions of tax dollars is breaking the law.

If government has any legitimate function, it’s to protect the innocent and defend the voiceless. Every unborn child deserves a chance, and I will continue to be a voice for their right to life.

Feel free to contact my office if I can be of assistance to you or your family. 
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Tags: Abortion