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Latta: Government spending package includes disturbing, radical disregard for human life

Washington, June 19, 2019 | Mikayla Hall (202-225-6405)

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted against today’s appropriations package, which includes funding for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water due to the partisan drafting of the bill and the lack of pro-life protections. Congressman Latta offered an amendment that would prohibit funds from being given to organizations or entities which utilize medication abortion as a method of service, including tele-medicine. His amendment was not accepted. Latta voted in favor of the three pro-life amendments that were debated and defeated on the House floor, including maintaining conscience protections for health care workers.


“I had several reasons for voting against this legislation, but the disturbing and radical disregard for human life is at the top of my list,” said Latta. “During floor debate, my colleagues across the aisle resorted to false scare tactics about women being denied emergency care after miscarriages and attacking Republicans’ intentions. Fear-mongering and name-calling are beneath this dignity of this legislative body and mock the deeply held beliefs of tens of millions of pro-life Americans across this country. Until House Democrats want to have a serious discussion on appropriations bills that benefit our country and not just their ideology, this legislation stands no chance of passing the Senate.”


Background

Congressman Latta is a member of the Pro-Life Caucus. On May 16, he asked the House of Representatives to hold a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. House Democrats have now blocked this legislation more than 50 times. Earlier this year, Latta authored an op-ed on the need to pass the legislation.

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