Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List along with a number of other leading pro-lifers like Lila Rose and Brian Burch of Catholic Vote just sent a public letter to Congressman John Boehner thanking him for all he's done to get the House to successfully vote on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
But....(and this is kind of a big "but") the SBA List is also kindly reminding Congressman Boehner that they're not here for moral victories. Not now. Not ever. The days where pro-lifers thank elected officials for their good intentions are loooooooong gone. Symbolism isn't for people who are trying to save babies. The SBA List wants results, not truces, not promises. They're saying turn off the spigot of federal funds to the most corrupt organization in the United States, Planned Parenthood. Now.
Congress has never had such an opportunity. Seriously, if not now when? Lila Rose has outed them ON VIDEO as corrupt abettors of sex trafficking. Phill Kline has shown them to be performing and covering up illegal underage abortions. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has defunded them.
Now is the time. Don't poll it. Don't think of it as one option among many. Don't think of it as something to be traded for something else. Defund Planned Parenthood. Now.
In the words of Arnold:
Here's the text of the letter with the list of signatories.
The Honorable John Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner,
Planned Parenthood, a scandal-plagued abortion organization, must be held accountable for abusing innocent young victims while receiving hundreds of millions in federal dollars each year.
They must be defunded of federal tax dollars, and now is the time to do it. The House vote in support of Rep. Mike Pence’s Amendment No. 11 to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1) to prevent government funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is an excellent start.
However, the House vote on the Pence Amendment is nothing more than symbolic unless it remains intact through the legislative process. Defunding Planned Parenthood must be a non-negotiable in the Continuing Resolution and we urge you to accept nothing less than this outcome.
The fact that Planned Parenthood was caught aiding and abetting sex traffickers proves that it is not safe for women and young girls. What goes on in offices and clinics of Planned Parenthood, as Live Action's videos show is both saddening and shocking. That it has often been done using taxpayer dollars is indefensible.
As the largest abortion company in the United States, Planned Parenthood repeatedly refuses to comply with state statutory rape reporting laws, and often ignores parental consent laws.
Just this week, Phill Kline, former Attorney General of Kansas, testified under oath that Planned Parenthood of Overland Park and the late abortionist George
Tiller performed abortions on a combined 166 girls, age fourteen or younger. Out of the 166 cases of statutory rape, just two were reported to authorities, Kline testified.
As debate over the Continuing Resolution continues we urge you to do everything you can to ensure that the Pence Amendment remains intact in the final version of’ the Continuing Resolution. Planned Parenthood is not safe for women, it is not safe for young girls, and it must be defunded now.
President, Susan B. Anthony List
Vice President for Government Affairs, FRC
Dr. John Willke
President, International Right to Life Federation
National Director, 40 Days for Life
President, Citizens for Community Values
Executive Director, Students for Life of America
Executive Director, Life Issues Institute
President, American Principles Project
Steven W. Mosher
President, Population Research Institute
John J. Jakubczyk
Former President, Arizona Right to Life
Executive Director, Ohio Right to Life Society
President, People for Life of Erie, Pennsylvania
Kevin H. Smith
Executive Director, Cornerstone Action
President, Live Action
CEO, Concerned Women for America
Founder and President, Eagle Forum
Jill Stanek, RN
President, American Values
Cohn A. Manna
President, Let Freedom Ring
Mario H. Lopez
President, Hispanic Leadership Fund
Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life
Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life
Vice President, Catholic Advocate