Cliff Stearns on Abortion

Last Updated : Jun 15, 2012

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Abortion and Planned Parenthood

I have consistently voted to prohibit federal taxpayer funding of abortion, prevent human cloning or embryonic stem cell research, de-fund the abortion industry, amend the Affordable Care Act to protect life, defend the freedom of conscience, and protect the health and safety of minors.

I have also been commended by Americans United For Life Action for launching an unprecedented investigation examining Planned Parenthood and its affiliates’ policies and practices. The first ever such investigation in Planned Parenthood’s history.

Since the Planned Parenthood Foundation of America receives about $1 million a day in taxpayer funds, I sent a letter as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s president requesting documents and information to determine their use of federal dollars and their compliance with various laws.

Planned Parenthood has an extensive and well-documented record of violating state sexual assault and child abuse reporting laws, and of encouraging young girls to lie about their ages to circumvent state reporting laws. Although Planned Parenthood is barred from using federal funds to perform abortions, these funds are fungible and allow the group to use funds from other sources possibly for abortions.
 

Voting Record

Amendment - Planned Parenthood Funds

In February of 2011, the House passed an amendment to prevent the use of funds by Planned Parenthood. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

In December of 2006, the house attempted to pass the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. The act sought to require an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a child who has reached 20 weeks or more to inform the woman of (among other things) the probable age of the child, and obtain the woman\'s signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form. Despite the support of most of the Republicans and 40 Democrats, the measure failed to pass in roll call 526. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 created a set of requirements for a doctor performing an abortion. These requirements included informing the mother as to the age of the child and informing the mother that the child could experience pain during the procedure. The measure failed 250-162. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Child Custody Protection Act

In September of 2006, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 264-153 and sent the measure back to the Senate. The CCPA was slightly different than the Senate version and did not pass the Senate. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

In April of 2005, the house passed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. The measure sought to amend the federal criminal code to prohibit transporting a minor across a state line to obtain an abortion.The measure passed the house in roll call 144, but no vote was taken in the Senate. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Laci and Connors Law

The unborn victims of violence law was also called Laci and Connor\'s law. The law stated that anyone who harmed a fetus in utero was guilty of a seperate offense, provided they knew the victim was pregnant and intended to harm the unborn child. The bill was supported by most Republicans and oppossed by most Democrats in a 254-163 vote. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Law.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Law.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

In October of 2003, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 281-142 vote. In this particular vote, the House agreed to the conference report from the Senate. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Partial Birth Abortion

In June of 2003, the House passed the partial birth abortion ban act. The legislation sought to to prohibit any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother that is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. Although it passed in the house, it was not brought to a vote in the Senate. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Child Custody Protection Act

The Child Custody Protection Act amended the Federal criminal code to prohibit transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. The Act passed the House in a 260-161 vote, but did this particular bill did not come up for a vote in the Senate. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002

In September of 2002, the House passed the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002 229-189. This legislation prohibited the Federal Government, and any State or local government that receives Federal financial assistance, from discriminating against any health care entity because the entity refuses to provide coverage of, or pay for, induced abortions. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In April of 2001, the House voted on the Unborn victims of violence act to enact punishment for federal crimes committed against a mother and her fetus. The measure passed the House 252-172 but was not voted on in the Senate. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Mexico City Policy

The amendment in question sought to preserve the "Mexico City" policy which prohibited funds to foreign organizations that promote abortions. A vote in favor of the amendment was a vote to preserve the rule. A vote against the amendment was a vote to abolish the policy. The Amendment had a 218-210 vote. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Mexico City Policy Amendment.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Mexico City Policy Amendment.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000

In April of 2000, the House passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000 287-141. The legislation made it a crime to perform a partial-birth abortion. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In September of 1999, the House voted on the Unborn victims of violence act to enact punishment for federal crimes committed against a mother and her fetus. The measure passed the House 254-172 but was not voted on in the Senate. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Child Custody Protection Act

In June of 1999, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 270-159. The legislation sought to prohibit transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

296-132. The legislation sought to prohibit any physician from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Child Custody Protection Act

In July of 1998, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 276-150. The legislation sought to prohibit and set penalties for transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

In March of 1997, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act 295-136. The legislation did not have enough votes to overturn a veto. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Ban.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the Ban.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

In November of 1995, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act 288-139. The legislation was eventually vetoed by President Bush. Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the partial birth abortion ban.

Cliff Stearns voted in favor of the partial birth abortion ban.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1063; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion. Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to safe the life of the minor. Prohibits the prosecution of the doctor if he: (1) reasonably believed that before the minor obtained the abortion, the required parental consent or notification or judicial authorization took place; or (2) was presented with documentation showing that a court waived parental notification requirements or authorized the minor's abortion.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3442; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as 20 weeks) to first: (1) inform the woman of the probable age of the child; (2) provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt); (3) provide information that pain medicine administered to the mother may not prevent pain in the child, but in some cases anesthesia or pain-reducing drugs can be administered directly to the child; (4) give the woman the provider's best medical judgment of the risks and costs of such anesthesia or analgesic; and (5) obtain the woman's signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child. Creates an exception to save the life of the mother.

Session-107; Bill Number-H R 2175; Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 - Cosponsor

Directs that in determining the meaning of any Act of Congress or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various U.S. administrative bureaus and agencies, the words "person," "human being," "child," and "individual" shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive (as defined in this Act) at any stage of development.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 3; No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion. Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Disallows any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan that includes coverage of abortion, including any medical deduction for such amounts or any credit for such an employer-sponsored plan. Prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District. Provides that such prohibitions shall not apply to an abortion if: (1) the pregnancy is the result of forcible rape or, if the pregnant woman is a minor, incest; or (2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 217; Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS) from providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion. Excludes an abortion where: (1) the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or an act of incest against a minor; or (2) a physician certifies that the woman suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy. Excludes hospitals from such requirement so long as the hospital does not provide funds to any non-hospital entity that performs an abortion. Requires the Secretary to annually provide Congress: (1) information on grantees who performed abortions under the exceptions; and (2) a list of entities to which grant funds are made available.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 358; Protect Life Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions. Prohibits a federal agency or program and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance under PPACA from requiring any health plan created or regulated under PPACA to discriminate against any institutional or individual health care entity based on the entity's refusal to undergo training in the performance of induced abortions, require or provide such training, or refer for such training. Creates a cause of action for any violations of the abortion provisions of PPACA. Gives federal courts jurisdiction to prevent and redress actual or threatened violations of such provisions by issuing any form of legal or equitable relief, including injunctions and orders preventing the disbursement of all or a portion of federal financial assistance until the prohibited conduct has ceased. Gives standing to institute an action to affected health care entities and the Attorney General. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive and investigate complaints alleging a violation of PPACA abortion provisions. Requires the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to ensure that no multistate qualified health plan offered in an Exchange provides coverage of abortion services.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5939; No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits: (1) the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law for any abortion or for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion; (2) any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan (including premium assistance) that includes coverage of abortion; and (3) the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1063; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3442; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

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