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BOONE, NC – Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., voted this week in favor of legislation to give states the ability to prevent Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from participating in their Medicaid programs.
“Over the past few months, extremely disturbing information has come to light about the activities of abortion providers and their sale of unborn children’s hearts and other organs for compensation,” said Foxx during a speech on the House floor. “States should have the right to decide whether their Medicaid funds support a provider whose atrocities have shocked our national conscience and devalued human life.”
H.R. 3495, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, passed the House by a vote of 236-193.
“It’s simple,” Foxx said. “Congress should allow taxpayers to opt out of funding the abortion industry.”
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that $390 million of the $450 million in taxpayer funds that Planned Parenthood receives annually are provided through Medicaid.