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March for Life President Responds to Pelosi’s Claim That Defunding Planned Parenthood Dishonors God

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• July 6, 2017 10:17 am

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March for Life President Jeanne Mancini responded to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) comments suggesting that the new Republican health care bill dishonors God by defunding Planned Parenthood.

"I think defunding Planned Parenthood disrespects every woman in this country, disrespects her judgement to make her own decision about the size and timing of her family, with herself, her doctor, her God, her family," Pelosi said during a press conference at the Capitol on June 29.

"I think we have to respect the dignity and worth of every person and their ability to make decisions to answer for their behavior," Pelosi said.

Mancini responded to the claim in a statement, saying that "there is no dignity in single-handedly silencing over 320,000 unborn voices without their consent," CNSNews reported Wednesday.

"The foundation of the pro-life movement rests on the belief that every life is a gift and that every person has inherent dignity from the moment they are conceived," Mancini said. "For Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to suggest that defunding Planned Parenthood, our nation's largest abortion provider, adheres to these values is simply abhorrent."

"There is no dignity in single-handedly silencing over 320,000 unborn voices without their consent, nor respect for human life in trafficking the hearts, lungs, and livers of the innocent for profit," Mancini said. "Instead, we should respect the consensus of the American people who do not want their tax dollars funding abortion, and restore their ability to decide how the government represents them."

Mancini was referring to a poll indicating that 6.1 in 10 Americans oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions.

In Planned Parenthood's latest annual report, the organization claimed it performed 328,348 abortions and received $554.6 million in "government health services reimbursements and grants," or money that came from U.S. taxpayers.