Defund Planned Parenthood Act - Who Voted For and Against; Pope Has Addressed Congressional Joint Meeting
Update: Look for the Pope in a small, black Fiat 500 Popemobile, going to and from the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC. And that is the man who's constantly at the Pope's side? His translator, Msgr. Mark Miles.
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Speaker to declare a recess on Thursday, September 24, 2015, for the purpose of receiving in joint meeting Pope Frances of the Holy See. House of Representatives — September 16, 2015); Text of this article available as: PDF
On September 18, the House approved H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, and H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The measures were introduced in response to controversial videos involving several affiliates of Planned Parenthood of America and the availability of fetal tissue for medical research.
Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), H.R. 3134 would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) unless PPFA and its affiliates certify that they will not perform any abortions or provide funds to entities that perform abortions during that period, except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.
The Department of Health and Human Services would be required to seek repayment of such funds from PPFA affiliates that do perform abortions during the one-year ban on funding.
House Approves Abortion-Related Measures
09/18/2015 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 241 - 187, 1 Present (Roll no. 505).
Under H.R. 3504, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), medical professionals who fail to provide medical assistance to a fetus that survives an abortion procedure could be subject to criminal charges and civil penalties. Specifically, medical professionals would be required to "exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age." Individuals who fail to so do would be subject to fines and/or up to five years in prison.
Women who undergo abortions would not be subject to prosecution under the bill, but would be permitted to seek civil penalties against the medical professionals who fail to comply with the law.
The House approved the bill by a vote of 248-177.
Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress on Thursday. The House also reconvenes on Thursday.
H R 3134 RECORDED VOTE 18-Sep-2015 12:47 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
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