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Carter Supports State Choice for Abortion Funding

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Washington, September 29, 2015 | Mary Carpenter (202-834-0386) | comments

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (Ga-01) voted today to allow states to choose whether abortion providers can participate as providers in their Medicaid programs.H.R. 3495, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, was passed by the United States House of Representatives today with Carter’s support.

Carter spoke of the importance of the legislation on the floor of the United States House of Representatives today. While on the floor, Carter said “I rise today in support of H.R. 3495 because I believe states have the right to refuse funding to an organization that profits from the sale of aborted children’s organs. Medicaid and CMS should not be allowed to force states to fund these horrific practices against the state’s wishes. The advancement of women’s health should always remain a top priority for our healthcare community. However, we can achieve this goal without requiring states to provide access to institutions like Planned Parenthood.”

He also reaffirmed his strong belief that “taxpayer dollars should not be going to the killing of unborn babies. Taxpayer dollars should not go to organizations like Planned Parenthood that support the practice of abortion and trafficking of aborted fetal tissue. Taxpayer funds should go towards investigating and prosecuting the individuals that are responsible for trafficking and the selling of fetal tissue. Taxpayer funds should go towards the advancements of women’s health.”

A staunch defender of the right to life, Carter recently supported legislation to defund Planned Parenthood for one year. He also supported legislation to require any health care practitioner to preserve the life of a child born alive in the case of an abortion as they would any other child. Carter is also a cosponsor of H.R. 426, the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which protects life from conception.

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