• Obama Vows to Veto Bill Holding Planned Parenthood Liable for Harvesting Baby Organs

    The Obama White House vowed on Friday to veto The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that holds Planned Parenthood criminally liable for harvesting organs and body parts from late-term aborted babies who are technically still alive.

    A budget measure that strips funding from the organization “is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto,” press secretary Josh Earnest said.

    “We have routinely opposed the inclusion of ideologically driven riders” in budget bills, Earnest added.

    The White House issued a threat to veto the bill in a Statement of Administration Policy:

    The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 3134 and H.R. 3504 because the bills, while different, would have the same consequence of limiting women’s health care choices.

    H.R. 3134 would defund Planned Parenthood based on its provision of abortion services. Planned Parenthood uses both Federal and non-Federal funds to provide a range of important preventive care and health services, including health screenings, vaccinations, and check-ups to millions of men and women who visit their health centers annually. Longstanding Federal policy already prohibits the use of Federal funds for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the woman would be endangered. By eliminating Federal funding for a major provider of health care, H.R. 3134 would limit access to health care for men, women, and families across the Nation, and would disproportionately impact low-income individuals.

    H.R. 3504 would impose new legal requirements related to the provision of abortion services in certain circumstances, which would likely have a chilling effect, reducing access to care.

    If the President were presented with H.R. 3134 or H.R. 3504, he would veto them.

    It is the first time the White House issued a veto threat against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood since an anti-abortion group, The center for Medical Progress, released 10 secretly recorded videos exposing Planned Parenthood officials selling aborted babies and their body parts. The most horrific of the videos reveals the abortion provider harvesting the brain of an aborted baby who was still alive.

    Liberals and abortions rights advocates contend that the videos are selectively edited to smear Planned Parenthood.

    The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by pro-life Congressman Trent Franks, would make failure to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion a federal crime. It would also apply stronger penalties in cases where an overt act is taken to kill the abortion survivor.

    Under the pro-life bill there is also a civil right of action for mothers of children who survive an abortion to hold the abortion provider accountable.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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