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Departments Of Labor, Health And Human Services, And Education, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

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Departments Of Labor, Health And Human Services, And Education, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

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Mr. CANTOR. I thank the gentleman from Indiana.

Thomas Jefferson warned that, ``To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.'' Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of this amendment as the underlying legislation embodies the very action Jefferson cautioned against.

About 7 out of 10 Americans oppose public funding of abortion; yet this bill defies their moral concerns by funding groups like Planned Parenthood, the single largest abortion provider in America. Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions per year while receiving $350 million in taxpayer dollars annually.

The gentleman from Indiana's amendment does not reduce overall funds for family planning services. It merely ensures that no taxpayer dollars are used to fund entities that conduct abortions. It is a reasonable approach, Mr. Chairman, and I urge my colleagues to support this amendment.

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