I have consistently voted to prohibit federal taxpayer funding of abortion, prevent human cloning or embryonic stem cell research, de-fund the abortion industry, amend the Affordable Care Act to protect life, defend the freedom of conscience, and protect the health and safety of minors.
I have also been commended by Americans United For Life Action for launching an unprecedented investigation examining Planned Parenthood and its affiliates’ policies and practices. The first ever such investigation in Planned Parenthood’s history.
Since the Planned Parenthood Foundation of America receives about $1 million a day in taxpayer funds, I sent a letter as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s president requesting documents and information to determine their use of federal dollars and their compliance with various laws.
Planned Parenthood has an extensive and well-documented record of violating state sexual assault and child abuse reporting laws, and of encouraging young girls to lie about their ages to circumvent state reporting laws. Although Planned Parenthood is barred from using federal funds to perform abortions, these funds are fungible and allow the group to use funds from other sources possibly for abortions.