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  • Planned Parenthood Feels the Heat in Government Spending Bill

    Among the billions of cuts in the continuing resolution before the House today was a cost-saving amendment that may also save priceless lives. Representative Mike Pence (R–IN), who has fought to end Planned Parenthood’s federal grant subsidies, introduced an amendment to H.R. 1 that would prohibit the abortion provider from receiving any taxpayer dollars. The amendment passed the House of Representatives this afternoon by a vote of 240–185.

    The amendment to the continuing resolution, which Congress needs to pass in order to keep the federal government in business, eliminates federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its local affiliates. PPFA receives taxpayer funds through a variety of grants, government contracts, and reimbursements. According to a 2010 GAO report, PPFA receives close to a quarter of the $317 million Title X funding earmarked for projects like HIV testing, breast exams, and family planning services. In total, federal funding floats almost a third of Planned Parenthood’s $1 billion budget, providing over $360 million to the abortion provider in 2008–2009 alone.

    Unlike the hard economic times faced by American families and the burgeoning national deficit looming over congressional budget talks, Planned Parenthood has ridden the waves of taxpayer funding to millions of dollars in annual surpluses. In 2008–2009 (the latest year for which financial information is available), the organization saw over $1 billion in revenue, while performing nearly a quarter of the 1.2 million abortions in the U.S. during 2008. In the shadow of such difficult budget situations, Pence questions the necessity of supporting an organization that appears financially self-sufficient and was recently exposed as willing to be complicit in illegal sex trafficking of minor girls. As he stated on the House floor last night:

    I urge my colleagues to take a stand for taxpayers, take a stand against a pattern of corruption, and take a stand for young women in crisis pregnancies who deserve access to unbiased and compassionate health services. Let’s end taxpayer support of Planned Parenthood.

    The continuing resolution contains other pro-life amendments as well. The bill would permanently reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits federal aid to international abortion providers, and eliminate funding to the U.N. Population Fund, which has a history of documented ties to China’s coercive abortion policies. H.R. 1 would also reinstate a ban on using federal and local tax dollars for abortions in the District of Columbia and protect regulations upholding the conscience rights of pro-life medical professionals.

    To keep track of developments on issues like these, subscribe to the Richard and Helen DeVos Center’s weekly Culture Watch.

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    7 Responses to Planned Parenthood Feels the Heat in Government Spending Bill

    1. Nora, NOLA says:

      To phrase this legislation as an assault on abortion is inaccurate. What this is an assault on is women's health.

      One in five American women has used Planned Parenthood’s services. The vast majority of care — more than 90% — offered at Planned Parenthood health centers is preventative. Every year, Planned Parenthood carries out nearly one million screenings for cervical cancer — screenings which save lives. Every year, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses give more than 830,000 breast exams — exams which save lives. Every year, nearly 2.5 million patients receive contraception from Planned Parenthood — a service which prevents enormous numbers of unintended pregnancies and, by extension, an enormous number of abortions. Every year, Planned Parenthood administers nearly 4 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV — tests and treatments which save lives, extend lives, preserve fertility, and maintain reproductive health.

    2. Bobbie says:

      It's a very sensitive subject, but the government should've never offered this as a provision. Girls need to know self control which requires personal responsibilities. Guys more of the exact same thing along with respect.

      If it's in regard to being attacked and raped, there are people and charities that are charitable to circumstances beyond the control of the ones who suffer them.

      Abstinence can be taught wherever possible since democrats don't support it. Get rid of welfare as a safety net to girls that get pregnant. It doesn't happen alone and boys can learn their responsibility in providing to the results of their actions is in direct line of their masculinity. Everyone needs to be held accountable to their actions and live up to their responsibilities in order for this country to grow in every good way.

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    5. Bobbie says:

      The name itself is misleading. Planned Parenthood?

      It's wrong to have this at any tax payers expense. I heard a congress? woman claim she had this procedure done. Not sure if she was looking for pity but I heard no details as to why. Couldn't make out if she wanted the convenience available to girls or not? It was a short sound bite,

      I have a horror story regarding this I'm unable to bring myself to share but let me just say if a woman or girl has a contentious illness, coercion plays a big part in favor of abortion, .

      The woman has to take responsibility for herself and her body and not be influenced by strangers and conveniences. It's hers and her partners business. Not the tax payer. She and her partner need to take the responsibility to provide for the life they bring into the world or whatever! . RACE, CREED OR CULTURE IRRELEVANT! If tax payers are going to be accountable to any of it's expense then call it what it is:. GOVERNMENT RUN ABORTION CLINIC!

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    7. JaxTico Jacksonville says:

      God is smiling as We The People work to right, such a terrible wrong.

      In as much as an abortion is between God and the mother, our tax dollars must not be used to assist in any way the death of a potentialy exceptional human being.

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