Evangelical Leaders Criticize President Obama for Veto of Legislation That Would Defund Planned Parenthood

(PHOTO: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY) A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 28, 2015.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY)
A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 28, 2015.

Evangelical leaders denounced President Obama’s decision Friday to veto a legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, of hundreds of millions of tax dollars, saying that the president is allowing the continuation of “tax-supported human trafficking.”

“The President’s veto and his support of Planned Parenthood are not surprising moves, but they are sobering reminders of how much more there is to do for the cause of women and the unborn,” said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, commenting on Obama’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act on Friday.

Obama vetoed the legislation, H.R. 3762, two days after the House of Representatives passed and sent it to the president’s desk. The measure passed the Senate last month.

Family Research Council President Perkins also issued a statement, saying, “Mr. President, by vetoing this bill, you alone bear the moral responsibility for sending taxpayer dollars to a group that has engaged in the selling of baby body parts,” alluding to recent undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress exposing the abortion provider’s apparent practices of harvesting fetal body parts for sale and changing the position of babies during abortions to be able to harvest intact organs.

“By vetoing the bill, the president has politicized and struck down a bill that the majority of Americans support,” said Concerned Women for America in a statement, adding, “We look forward to fighting harder than ever to protect life in 2016.”

Moore added in his comment that the “tax-supported human trafficking” of Planned Parenthood is “deeply entrenched in our cultural conscience,” and criticized the “continual denial of the most basic of human rights to the most vulnerable among us” by the Obama administration.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Anugrah Kumar