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GOP bill would allow states to defund Planned Parenthood

Melissa Porter | 17 February, 2017, 01:21

Do not let the discussion of abortions, which are not federally funded, interfere with the ability of men and women to keep accessing the reproductive health services that Planned Parenthood provides.

Issued by the Department of Health and Human Services shortly before Mr. Obama left office, the rule prohibited states from considering whether a clinic performs abortions in distributing Title X dollars, which are earmarked for family planning services. The new rule took effect last January 18.

While federal dollars can not directly fund abortions, pro-life leaders insist that taxpayer dollars going to the nation's largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood free up resources for them to perform more abortions. "The abortion giant offers no mammograms, no prenatal care, and ultrasounds only if the woman is there to get an abortion". Doing so doesn't reduce family-planning grants, they argue.

Planned Parenthood is staging 100 rallies and events during recess week in an attempt to capitalize on momentum from recent protests at GOP lawmakers' town hall meetings, The Hill reports.

I urge Plattsburgh and North Country, New York, area residents to call your U.S. senators Chuck Schumer, 202-224-6542, and Kirsten Gillibrand, 202-224-4451, or U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, 202-225-4611, and insist that they defund Planned Parenthood now! We are not voting to cut (family planning) funding. She says states should be "empowered to make their own health-care decisions without fear of reprisal from the federal government".

Buoyed by a wave of anti-abortion legislation introduced into state legislatures this year and emboldened by President Donald Trump's determination to appoint an anti-abortion judge to the vacant Supreme Court seat, the House "will vote to strike down that rule", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.

The organizers of rallies held across the country February 11 to call for defunding Planned Parenthood said their message to Congress is to redirect taxpayer's money to facilities that "do a better job meeting the real health care needs of women and families without specializing in abortion". "Joni Ernst (R-IA) for leading this measure to restore states' freedom in choosing Title X providers", Christie stated.

The new resolution's co-sponsors instead want Title X funding to be redirected to just health centers that do not provide abortion services.

But Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said earlier this week that targeting Planned Parenthood is "the real goal" and this resolution is "the first salvo".

"As a registered nurse, I know that vulnerable women seeking true comprehensive care deserve better than abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood", Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who introduced the resolution, stated before its February 16 passage. Planned Parenthood cares for about a third of them.