Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) compared abortion to slavery and said that Planned Parenthood was a “racist organization” that was “created for the sole purpose of killing” children of color at a conservative religious conference in Washington, DC, Friday.
To loud applause, the congressman unleashed a series of intense accusations about the women’s health organization. He cited his adopted children as the “targets” of Planned Parenthood’s abortion services and said that, outside of slavery, abortion “is the darkest stain on our nation’s character”:
Perhaps the biggest war against our liberties is the war that is being waged against those that are not here today, the unborn. Besides slavery, abortion is the other darkest stain on our nation’s character and this President is looking for every way possible to make abortion or available and more frequent. And he wants you to pay for it. Even if you disagree with it.
Welcome to another provision of Obamacare. Like the pro-slavery forces that invaded Kansas the pro-abortion forces in Washington and elsewhere want us to believe that abortion is not murder. [...]
Ladies and gentlemen, I am the adoptive father of four children, each of them either Black, Hispanic, Native American, and I am incensed that this President pays money to an entity that was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine — a racist organization and it continues to target minorities for abortion destruction. Shame on this President and shame on that party.
Federal funding for Planned Parenthood goes to cancer screenings, checkups, and STI testing. The organization serves roughly 5 million adults and youth a year for those purposes. Under the Hyde Amendment, it is barred from receiving federal funding for abortion services. Neither does Obamacare require any person to pay for abortion services against their religious beliefs. The law does require insurance companies to provide women copay-free birth control, but the abortion pill and procedure are not required to be covered.