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UPDATE x1: Marter responds. Kirk votes “no” on bill to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare


UPDATE x1: Kirk's GOP primary opponent James Marter responded to Kirk's vote Friday morning, saying that Kirk has promised since 2010 to repeal the Affordable Care Act after Democrats passed it into law, but when he finally got the opportunity to make good on his promise, Senator Kirk voted "no."  

"He is wrong for free markets and wrong for ILLINOIS!" Marter writes in his statement provided below.

WASHINGTON DC – Thursday night, Illinois' U.S. Senator Mark Kirk was one of only two Republicans that voted "no" on a measure to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare. Maine's U.S. Senator Susan Collins was the other Republican to oppose the measure.

The bill, H.R. 3792, will return to the U.S. House, where it is likely to pass. But once it gets to President Obama's desk, it will be dead on arrival. 

Kirk has consistently defended tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood, despite undercover videos revealing that various Planned Parenthood clinics were selling baby body parts for medical research. Planned Parenthood at first denied the practice, then promised to end it. 

Kirk's campaign is confident they will win the Republican nomination next March, and have totally disconnected from GOP grassroots' appeals to reverse his pro-Planned Parenthood position. At least two Republican township organizations have censored Kirk for his support for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, but Kirk nor his campaign have indicated they are sensitive to or aware of the local organization developments.

Those who voted "no" on H.R. 3762 included:

James Marter – Kirk's GOP primary opponent – issued the following statement Friday morning:

Senator Kirk voting again with Senator Durbin (D-IL) along Democratic Party lines, in spite of promises dating back to 2010 to repeal the ACA after it was passed. When a Vote finally occurs, Senator Kirk, votes NO.  He is wrong for free markets and wrong for ILLINOIS!

Senator Kirk does not get that it is NOT OK for the Federal Government to demand of its citizen's that they must purchase a “product” in a government manipulated and controlled market-place.  A “product” which you cannot see, hear, touch, smell, nor taste, which cannot guarantee you any services, which comes with exorbitant ever increasing manipulated prices and deductibles, which no working American can afford.  If one fails to comply, the formerly free American citizen, is now a criminal, subject to fines and imprisonment for failure to pay said fines, with the full force of the IRS bearing down.

What has our Senator in ILLINOIS done to stop it? He’s been in Washington 15 years now. We have an un-constitutional Un-affordable Care Act, violating religious freedom, killing Jobs and bankrupting working-taxpaying Americans, or forcing them to forgo healthcare they need, due to the high costs.

There are numerous common sense ways to solve the problem of health care costs and accessibility:  tort reform, portability across states lines and portability from employer plans, individual access to group plans, health savings accounts, and opening prescription drug markets to competition.  It’s a complex problem, mostly created and worsened by government intervention, it is time for a change and time for a candidate who can fix the problems to represent Republican values, who is RIGHT for ILLINOIS!  If you are interested in learning more about James Marter’s campaign for US Senate, visit www.marter4senate.us


  1. Every republican county and township organization in Illinois needs to denounce Kirk and announce their intention to endorse his opponent in the primary.
    Kirk is unacceptable in every way… and he will lose in November anyway if he somehow wins the nomination.
    The only chance we have to hold this seat – and yes, it gets slimmer every day, though if we have a strong presidential nominee, we still have a chance – is if we nominate someone other than Mark Kirk.

  2. I’m a life long Republican and I applaud Sen. Kirk for voting common sense instead of following “orders” from the party on how to vote. We should not defund Planned Parenthood. This bill is an attempt to overturn “Roe vs Wade”. If you want to outlaw abortion, due it in the legislature with a bill the right way, not through some back door dirty political tactic.

  3. Just how does defunding planned parenthood overturn Roe v Wade??
    Why should I pay for someone else’ abortion? The two people who made the baby should pay to have it murdered, not the rest of us.
    Carl, your comment is totally absent of logic

  4. Try and get every Republican organization to censure Kirk.
    My own GOP organization Chairman (also on the state GOP Central Committee) didn’t even call it up for a vote at our November meeting, even though it was on the Agenda!

  5. No Illinois voter should be surprised by Sen. Kirk’s vote. During most of the time that he was in the U.S. House, his rating from Planned Parenthood was 100%. He should have lost a primary at least nine years ago.

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