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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Marino Votes to Protect Life

September 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding his support for two critical votes seeking to end the practice of taxpayer-funded abortions:

“The issue of funding an organization like Planned Parenthood should not be a partisan one. That is certainly not how I see it. This issue is really about being good stewards of the American taxpayer’s money. More importantly, it is about preserving the value of life.

Harvesting and selling body parts and tissue from aborted fetuses is illegal. There is no dispute about that. It is akin to the brutal depictions of gruesome science fiction movies or the bleak, totalitarian and oppressive futures written about in novels. Yet, today, in America, this actually happens. It is happening without remorse or respect for the law.

I will never stand for such blatant disregard for human life nor will I entertain suggestions which seek to justify these practices under the veil of women’s health. This has nothing to do with a woman’s health and everything to do with the exploitation of young mothers and unborn children.

The fact that Planned Parenthood has chosen to practice and endorse this despicable behavior is disgusting enough. Their willingness to engage in it with the use of American taxpayer money is predatory and an insult to millions of Americans who abhor their actions.

My yes votes today were essential and I will stand with my colleagues who share the disgrace and disgust for an organization which sanctions abortion and fetal harvest.”

Representative Marino voted in favor of H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act and H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The former defunds Planned Parenthood for one year and the latter requires a medical practitioner to provide all necessary medical attention to children born alive after an attempted abortion procedure. Both pieces of legislation passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.