Vitter Introduces Pro-Life Bills In Honor Of “March For Life”
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today announced pro-life legislation he has introduced in honor of the 42nd Annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. tomorrow. Vitter, his wife Wendy and three of their children will participate in the March tomorrow as well as several other March for Life events.
“The annual March for Life is always an inspiration, and I’m proud to stand in defense of life with my family, folks from across Louisiana, and thousands of others from across the country,” Vitter said. “Together, we’re turning the tide toward respecting, protecting, and dignifying innocent human life.”
One of the bills Vitter reintroduced would amend Title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit taxpayer dollars in the form of family planning grants from being awarded to entities that perform abortions, a practice that allows other funds to be used for abortion practices. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has authored the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A list of the bills introduced today by Vitter is as follows:
Title X Family Planning Act: amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit federal family planning funds from being awarded to any grantee that performs abortions
Prenatal Non-discrimination Act: makes it illegal to obtain an abortion due to a gender preference
Abortion Non-Discrimination Act: prevents the federal government from discriminating against health providers that refuse to participate in abortion-related activities
Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act: requires a physician who performs an abortion to: (1) have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and (2) notify the patient of the location of the hospital where the patient can receive follow-up care by the physician if complications arise.
Ethical Stem Cell Research Tax Credit Act: amends the tax code to allow a tax credit for 30% of qualified stem cell research expenses.
Vitter has been a consistent advocate for the sanctity of human life in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representative, earning a 100% pro-life voting record from the National Right to Life Committee.
Americans United for Life recognized Louisiana as the most pro-life state in the country for 2015.