WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2011 ( – The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday afternoon passed the final budget bill for FY2011, which includes a rider banning taxpayer funds for abortions in the District of Columbia, as well as other pro-life gains.

The House also voted to correct the budget bill to defund Planned Parenthood by a 240-184 vote. The Senate, however, later voted to reject the Planned Parenthood defunding measure.

In addition to defunding D.C. abortions, the Continuing Resolution reduces funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which investigations have found to be complicit with China’s coercive one-child policy. The bill also reduces international and domestic family planning funds to Bush-era levels.

The vote on the budget bill was 260-167 with 59 Republicans voting against the budget measure, and 81 Democrats voting for it. Some Republican lawmakers had vowed to vote against the budget bill because some sources had claimed that the nearly $40 billion in cuts agreed to by the Obama administration were mostly illusory.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the sponsor of the original amendment to defund Planned Parenthood in the budget, voted to oppose the budget bill. “This nation is facing a fiscal crisis of unprecedented proportions. I opposed the Continuing Resolution today because, in the face of our fiscal crisis, this budget deal is not good enough,” said Pence in a statement.

Other pro-life Representatives supported the measure, saying that the provision striking taxpayer funds for D.C. abortions represented a satisfactory victory. “If I have to save the unborn one city at a time, I will,” said Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA).

The House also voted Thursday afternoon to amend the budget bill to defund President Obama’s entire health care reform law. The Senate later rejected that measure as well.

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest applauded the House’s vote to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood, “a bi-partisan budget cut with heart.”

“The House is listening to the majority of Americans who do not want to see their tax dollars go to the bloated, scandal-ridden abortion industry,” Dr. Yoest noted.


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