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Moment of Silence in Rememberance of Members of Armed Forces and Their Families

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PITTS. Madam Chair, we have seen in just the past couple of weeks incidents that remind us of the horrors associated with the abortion industry. We have seen in a women's health clinic in west Philadelphia women and children brutally killed in late-term abortions. We have seen a series of videos that have given us a behind-the-scenes look at the standard operating procedures at Planned Parenthood clinics across the countries. The videos depict investigative journalists receiving advice on how to run their prostitution business and how to obtain illegal abortions.

Some people have said, Character is who you are when no one is watching. Or to put it another way, It is what you do when you think no one is watching. Planned Parenthood, the number one abortion provider in the country, has revealed its true character in these videos. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood staff exposed their true colors, and they neglected to act with integrity when faced with a situation dealing with sex trafficking. It was more important to them to promote abortion than to help rescue underage girls enslaved in prostitution.

In this country, 95 percent of abortions occur in clinics, not hospitals. These clinics don't need Federal tax dollars to support their unethical practices. Planned Parenthood recently reported providing 332,278 abortions in the year 2009. That's the last reported year. Planned Parenthood, itself, has recently made plain the centrality of abortion to its mission, mandating that every Planned Parenthood affiliate have at least one clinic performing abortions within the next 2 years.

Despite being a billion-dollar-a-year corporation, Planned Parenthood receives $363.2 million, 33 percent of its income, from government grants and contracts, that is, from taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood actively ignores statutory rape reporting laws and campaigns against efforts to enforce or strengthen them, as illustrated in the recent videos.

Planned Parenthood in Kansas claims to be ``a trusted source of health care and education for thousands of women, men and children,'' yet was charged with 107 criminal counts, including failure to report sexual abuse and falsifying documents in order to perform illegal late-term abortions. Planned Parenthood in California has privately admitted to overcharging the State and Federal Governments by at least $180 million for birth control pills, despite internal and external warnings that its billing practices were improper. Planned Parenthood in Indiana has been accused of endangering the safety and well-being of minor girls by intentionally circumventing State parental involvement laws and breaking State law by refusing to report statutory rape.

There are many other sources of family planning money to other organizations and to State and local governments. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood is exploiting women and children. They have shown themselves to be an extreme organization with unethical practices. Our daughters and granddaughters deserve better.

I urge support of the Pence amendment.

I yield back the balance of my time.


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