Dietrich Bonhoeffer once rightly wrote: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
On Thursday, December 3, the US Senate ACTED as they voted on and PASSED H.R. 3762. Among them were SD Senator John Thune and SD Senator Mike Rounds. The FHA and her friends do vigorously thank our South Dakota Senators for standing for Women’s Health Care and Life!
On November 25, 2015, Family Heritage Alliance Action joined a coalition of National Pro-Life Organizations who sent a letter to our US Senate Leadership. The letter opens with this statement: “We, the undersigned representing millions of Americans, are writing to express our unflagging support for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015.”
To be clear, the US Senate’s vote on December 3 was not just a show vote….it was a huge deal because it forces President Obama to bear the moral responsibility for funding Planned Parenthood…and it also for the first time sets the Senate precedent under reconciliation rules for how to defund 80% of Planned Parenthood, and gut key Obamacare provisions, with 51 votes.
Within this piece of legislation was the Defunding Planned Parenthood Provision in the House budget reconciliation bill, which survived attempts to strip it during Senate amendment on Thursday. This was GREAT NEWS!
The US House will now vote on the Senate bill, and we expect it to pass with the solid support of US SD Representative Kristi Noem. We will keep you posted! This will be the first time a bill to defund Planned Parenthood goes to the President’s desk. That is a WIN for the pro-life movement.
Joseph E. La Rue, Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) wisely wrote the following concerning the passage of H.R. 3762: “This bill not only defunds Planned Parenthood, but it redirects that Federal money to women’s health care organizations that provide far more services than Planned Parenthood does, and are more readily available then Planned Parenthood is.”
Friends, we have work to do for sure moving forward….but now there is a real shot in the future of accomplishing these goals.
Written By: Dale Bartscher