Rev. Franklin Graham. (Photo: BGEA)
Commenting on the passage of a bill in the House of Representatives to defund Planned Parenthood, Reverend Franklin Graham said it was "a great step" that he hopes will also pass in the Senate, adding that although President Barack Obama has said he will veto such legislation, if he does "it will be at his own peril," and the blood of the children "butchered at Planned Parenthood will be on his hands."
"After much heated and emotional debate, on Friday the House passed the Defund Planned Parenthood Act," said Rev. Graham in a Sept. 20 post on Facebook. "This is a great step. "
"The bill stops government funding of Planned Parenthood for at least the next year -- to the tune of around $500 million annually -- while Congress investigates the allegations against them including selling baby body parts," he said. "I’m thankful that those supporting this bill stood firm. It still has to pass the Senate, so we need to continue to pray."
"President Obama has said he will veto the bill," said Rev. Graham. "[I]f he does, it will be at his own peril and the blood of those children who are butchered at Planned Parenthood will be on his hands."
The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 was sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who has been a nurse for more than 40 years. The bill prohibits any federal funding of Planned Parenthood for one year while Congress investigates the organization over alleged illegal activities in relation to the harvesting and sale of aborted baby parts as revealed in a recent series of undercover videos. Under the legislation, the federal funds for Planned Parenthood would be reallocated to an estimated 13,500 health care clinics that do not perform abortions.
The bill passed 241-186 on Friday, Sept. 18.
Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider. According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions in 2013-14 and the organization received $528.4 million in taxpayer funding through “government health service grants and reimbursements.”
Franklin Graham, 63, is married and has five children. His father, Billy Graham, is one of the most respected and influential Christian evangelists of the last 60 years. Rev. Franklin Graham is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and also oversees the international Christian relief goup Samaritan's Purse.