U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, has introduced the GRACE Act, a bill to prohibit federal government contracts from going to companies that donate to Planned Parenthood. He is already sponsoring numerous other bills to cut direct government funding to the organization.
Bridenstine said, “The government should not do business with companies that facilitate Planned Parenthood operations. Every child has value. Every person has a purpose. Most Americans are horrified at the thought of expertly crushing the bodies of pre-born, living babies and ‘harvesting’ organs.”
Planned Parenthood has been exposed in recent days as not only a major provider of abortions but also as a marketer of baby parts harvested from their victims. This horrific practice is funded by the American taxpayer at a rate of more than $1.4 million per day. The $528 million Planned Parenthood received from government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements in fiscal year 2013-2014 accounted for 41 percent of their overall revenue. An additional 30 percent of revenue, $392 million, was received from private contributions and bequests.
He said, “This organization promotes itself as a great protector of women’s health and provider of choice. In truth, the choice they offer is abortion. In 2013, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions which comprised 94 percent of their pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals amounted to 5 percent and 0.5 percent respectively. According to their own reports, Planned Parenthood performed 174 abortions for every adoption referral. If the public knew these facts, on top of the recent video revelations, their donation funding would dry up, too.
“It is sad that both parties in Congress are complicit in continuing to fund Planned Parenthood through last minute, massive spending bills like CRs (continuing resolutions) or omnibus bills. I have not and will not vote for any spending bill that sends one cent to Planned Parenthood.”
Bridenstine’s bill would prohibit federal contracts with any entity that donates or matches employee donations to Planned Parenthood Federation of America.