This week conservatives had a powerful victory.

I wanted to give you a quick recap of what we did this week to stop an unconventional source of money going to an organization that funds Planned Parenthood.

Here’s what happened:

7:30 pm Heritage Action decided we would score against the commemorative coin bill that would have funneled up to $4.75 million to Susan G. Komen, an organization that funds abortion giant Planned Parenthood ($800,000 last year alone).

8:30 am The Heritage Action government relations team began making calls and alerting allies that funneling money to an organization that funds Planned Parenthood was unacceptable and that we would grade this vote our Scorecard. As the grassroots and pro-life groups like the Family Research Council began to mobilize, congressional offices began to tell us they would vote “no” on the bill despite being listed as cosponsors.  Many Congressmen did not realize money would be going to Komen. At the same time, video surfaced of a high ranking Planned Parenthood employee discussing “tissue sales” of aborted babies.

3:00 pm After limited debate on the coin bill, leadership began to scramble and ultimately did not move to vote on the bill. And then more than 20 members went to the floor and asked for their names to be removed from the bill. (watch the video)

5:00 pm Reports from various congressional offices made clear that because of the Planned Parenthood connection Komen funding would be removed from the bill.

12:20 pm By unanimous consent the House removed all references to Susan G. Komen from the bill, ensuing no money would go to the organization or Planned Parenthood.

Moral of the story: It is a huge victory to stop this funding. It demonstrates the ability for conservatives to rally to cause and have an impact on a congressional debate in just a few short hours.

And the press coverage was impressive.

Politico: “Republican House leadership today quietly pulled a bill to raise money for breast cancer research, which was expected to pass with strong bipartisan support, after Heritage Action urged lawmakers to oppose the measure. … The bill had 306 co-sponsors, and House leaders had planned a vote requiring support of two-thirds of members — a process saved for legislation deemed non-controversial. But Heritage Action’s opposition quickly changed the bill’s fate from sure passage to anything but that. After the vote was pulled, lawmakers flooded the House floor asking for their names to be taken off as co-sponsors.”

New York Times: “The beneficiary, the Susan G. Komen organization, has contributed to Planned Parenthood, whose wide-ranging health services include breast cancer tests. The conservative group Heritage for America, which celebrated the shelving of the bill, said it would penalize any lawmakers who ultimately voted for the coin measure.”

Bloomberg: “The bill would require the U.S. Treasury to mint coins that would funnel up to $4.75 million to the Komen organization. Some conservative groups, such as Heritage for America, have complained that Komen sends some funds to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which provides contraceptives and abortions.”

The Hill: “House GOP leaders yanked legislation from the floor on Tuesday to create a pink gold commemorative coin that would help raise money for breast cancer research. Heritage Action, an influential conservative group, urged Republicans earlier in the day to vote against the measure because they objected to money from the coin sales going toward the Susan G. Komen foundation, which has had ties to Planned Parenthood.”

Associated Press: “GOP support for the bill eroded after an anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress, released a video it said showed a Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of organs from aborted fetuses. In addition, the conservative group Heritage Action for America pressured lawmakers to oppose the bill because of the connection to Planned Parenthood.”

CNN: “Heritage Action, a conservative advocacy group, sent out a “key vote” alert to members. “The bill would require the U.S. Treasury to mint coins that would funnel up to $4.75 million to Dallas-based Susan G. Komen — an organization that notoriously funds abortion giant Planned Parenthood,” the group said. House Republicans decided to cancel the vote and revise the bill to funnel the money from the coin to another group supporting breast cancer research.”

Roll Call: “The Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act would have directed the Treasury to sell commemorative coins and give the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. … Heritage Action, a conservative advocacy group, said it would “key vote” against the legislation out of concern that the bill seemed like an earmark for a group that “notoriously funds abortion giant Planned Parenthood.”

National Journal: “House Republican leaders pulled a commemorative coin bill supporting breast cancer from the floor Tuesday amid conservative outrage that an organization the measure would support is allied with Planned Parenthood. But conservatives objected, noting that the Komen organization donates money to Planned Parenthood. Heritage Action announced a key vote against the bill, Rep. Justin Amash called for a recorded vote, and just before the House was scheduled to vote, GOP leaders removed the bill from the rotation.”

This victory is a powerful example of impact conservatives to stand up for Americans, not big-government special interest groups.

Thank you for being a part of this conservative win.


Dan Holler
Communications Director
Heritage Action for America

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