Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (Ga-01) today opposed legislation that would allow federal taxpayer dollars to continue flowing to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions. Carter’s stand comes in light of recent videos which uncovered the group’s practice of trafficking in fetal tissue and body parts of the unborn.
“I cannot, in good conscience, support a single cent of taxpayer dollars going to a criminal enterprise like Planned Parenthood,” said Carter. “We’ve known for some time that the group is the largest provider of abortions but the vile and disgusting acts uncovered in these videos are beyond belief. This tugs at the very moral fabric of our country. We must focus on making sure we are utilizing every tool to combat Planned Parenthood and bring those who committed these crimes to justice. Using the power of the purse is an important step in our continued fight to protect the unborn and ensure tax dollars are not going to organizations that support the practice of abortion and trafficking of aborted fetal tissue.”
Also today, Carter voted in support of H. Con. Res. 79 to defund Planned Parenthood for one year. This is the second time Carter has supported legislation this Congress to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood until there is a thorough investigation of the organization.
Carter is a staunch defender of the right to life and has helped lead the charge in Congress to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood while holding the organization and those involved accountable for the acts caught on tape. Earlier in the week, he demanded answers from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on the organization’s waste of taxpayer dollars. Additionally, Carter has supported pro-life legislation such as:
- H.R. 3134, The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which would prohibit all federal funding for Planned Parenthood;
- H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, to extend vital protections to the survivors of attempted abortions;
- H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which codifies the prohibition on federal funding for abortions including Obamacare insurance plans that fund abortion;
- H.J. Res. 43, Disapproving of the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which would block an effort by the District of Columbia to ban employers within the city from making employment decisions based on beliefs with regard to abortion; and
- H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions of unborn children 20 weeks or later.
Carter is also a cosponsor of HR 426, the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which protects all human life from the moment a child is conceived.