House passes measure to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood

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October 4, 2015

A pro-life activist holds a rosary while protesting outside City Hall in Los Angeles Sept. 29. U.S. congressional Republicans challenged Planned Parenthood's eligibility for continued federal funding, while the organization's president said defunding it would restrict women's access to care and disproportionately hurt low-income patients. (CNS photo/Mario Anzuoni, Reuters) See HOUSE-DEFUND Oct. 2, 2015.

A pro-life activist holds a rosary while protesting outside City Hall in Los Angeles Sept. 29. U.S. congressional Republicans challenged Planned Parenthood’s eligibility for continued federal funding, while the organization’s president said defunding it would restrict women’s access to care and disproportionately hurt low-income patients. (CNS photo/Mario Anzuoni, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The House Sept. 29 passed the Women’s Health and Public Safety Act to give states the authority to defund Planned Parenthood.

Speaking from the House floor in support of the measure, which was sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, cited the pope’s Sept. 24 address to a joint meeting of Congress.

“Pope Francis admonished a joint session of Congress to follow the Golden Rule — to ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ — and said that the Golden Rule compels us to ‘protect and defend human life at every stage of development,'” Smith said.

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