U.S. House Voting to Defund Planned Parenthood

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Rep. Mike Pence doesn't want you to have these.
As soon as today or tomorrow, members of the U.S. House of Representatives could approve bills to strip Planned Parenthood and other reproductive care centers of federal funding. Such a move would leave millions of low-income women nationwide without access to free or low-cost reproductive health care, cancer screenings and contraception.

A bill currently awaiting a vote, HR 217, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) and 165 cosponsors, would make Planned Parenthood ineligible for federal funds set aside by Title X. (Missouri legislators who've signed on as co-sponsors include Blaine Luetkemeyer, Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler and Todd Akin.) Another bill would strip all funding from Title X, meaning that any group that uses Title X funds would be broke.

"[Title X] is a program that provides preventative services to over 6 million women each year in this country," says Paula Gianino, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. "Planned Parenthood centers are a huge part of the Title X family. If we were defunded, millions of women would lose access to free preventative services."

Title X, the family planning funding law, was signed into law in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. Congress sets aside funding for it every year as part of the Department of Health and Human Services budget. The money -- $327 million last year -- goes to clinics and health care centers around the country that provide subsidized contraception and services like Pap tests and annual gynecological exams, as well as STD testing and treatment.

In the St. Louis area, Planned Parenthood operates two Title X centers that serve nearly 9,000 patients a year. Half of those patients qualify for free care based on their incomes. Title X dollars support contraceptive care and screenings for cancer and STDs; Gianino says that 60 percent of women who use Title X centers say that's their only health-care provider.

Pence's bill, which he's calling "Defund Planned Parenthood Now," holds that any entity that provides abortions cannot receive Title X grants. But exactly zero dollars of Title X money have ever gone to pay for abortion -- that's written into the law.

"It's really a pretty inane justification," Gianino says. Yes, she acknowledges, Planned Parenthood does indeed provide abortions. But, she notes, "women who receive abortions pay for them out of their own pockets. Not one penny of Title X money goes to abortions." She says that 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is preventative care. As well, she says that nationwide, Title X centers prevent more than 600,000 pregnancies each year.

If Planned Parenthood and other Title X centers lose their federal financing, she says, "we will have more disease, we will have more unintended pregnancy, more teen pregnancy, and more abortions. All of these things are linked."

Gianino expects the bills will pass in the House, with a Senate vote coming in the beginning of March.
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dina hayes
dina hayes

This is ridiculous. Someone must stop the right wing conservatives from forcing women back into traditional roles and discriminating against the poor. We must stop the right wing from running this country. Where are the jobs?????

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juliarix

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Gillooly
Gillooly

If we could get women out of the decision-making process, this would be a lot easier.

Deely408
Deely408

Take a look at the statistics that show how many women and young girls are emotionally coerced into aborting their babies. Listen to the voices of mothers whoregret their abortions. Women who abort their own children do not come to that position without the coercive societal drumbeat of basic disrespect for the nature of women.

anonymous
anonymous

right, men who rail about abortion do it out of how much they care about women

Hannah
Hannah

Are you retarded?

David
David

"But exactly zero dollars of Title X money have ever gone to pay for abortion -- that's written into the law."

That's bogus. Planned Parenthood is the country's largest abortion provider, and the recipient of the most Title X funds. On paper, "Planned Parenthood has never used Title X funding to pay for an abortion," true. But that means nothing.

Let's say I give a woman $100 to help her pay rent. She has an unplanned pregnancy and is considering having an abortion. The condition on the $100 is that she cannot use the money I give her to pay for an abortion. She uses my $100 to pay rent, and the $100 out of her pocket that would have gone to pay her rent instead goes to pay for the abortion.

Did I help fund the abortion? On paper, no. In reality, absolutely!

Same goes for Title X. On paper, Planned Parenthood shows that no money from Title X has ever paid for an abortion. In reality, our tax dollars have absolutely and unquestionably funded abortion by Title X funds going to Planned Parenthood.

Moving around the funds "on paper" does not change the reality that abortion providers use Title X funds for abortions. The Pence amendment is the only way to prevent this loophole.

AN
AN

God forbid a woman is allowed to use her own money to pay for a medical procedure that is 100% legal.

Lorilady13
Lorilady13

I am NOT pro-abortion... 75% of abortions (or more) are performed by private doctors. Not clinics that offer a wide variety of health care for low income patients. It would be a travesty to ELIMINATE funding to Title X agencies.

Jane
Jane

The TRAVISTY is that Planned Parenthood is cavalier in its operations. They were caught red handed aiding and abeting in the trafficking of minors! How's that for supporting the most vulnerable in our society. They also have a Planned Parenthood on tape suggesting that someone donate blood to determine whether or not they have an STD. Brilliant, move PP! Risk contaminating the blood supply!?! That's crazy and it should be criminal.

Lorilady13
Lorilady13

As a WHOLE, that is NOT what happens at all clinics. That is HORRIBLE! With that said, it's like saying if there is one rotten cop, there should be no more cops. With rising cost of health care, if ALL Title X clinics are defunded, there will be MANY women/men without any kind of health care, whatsoever. That is a thought that makes me shudder. There will be thousands and thousands of unplanned pregnancies and there will be more abortions performed... if Title X is defunded, these women who are bound and determined to have an abortion WILL go to a private doctor. They will go to back allies. Let's PREVENT unplanned pregnancies. Maybe, let's put this out there, have MEN use condoms during each and EVERY sex act with a woman??? Each and EVERY! And, if not, let's arrest them. Takes two to tango. I'm for education, safe sex, and contraceptives... take Title X away from ALL clinics... and pregnancy rates WILL go up.

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

you had me on your side till you went all Demolition Man on us...

Stephen Bolen
Stephen Bolen

Wow, you fell for some highly edited tape. Congrats.

K T
K T

Were they really though? To my understanding, they turned around right after this and notified the feds immediately. When the video surfaced, they fired the lady. To my understanding it was a manipulation of the video in order to make people believe that they were aiding and abating when they were merely leading on LiveAction.

Unfortunately, by playing along though, they gave LiveAction and Pro-lifers the material they needed to manipulate others.

JTLiuzza
JTLiuzza

Alarmism and lies from the left. What else is new?

Bravo to the house of representatives.

If you want to slaughter innocent children in the wombs of their mothers, do it on your own dime.

anonymous
anonymous

fuck you asshole

it's not alarmism, it's fact--this will hurt women

JTLiuzza
JTLiuzza

And another leftist genius chimes in. An expletive then some name calling, in lieu of a cogent argument. Isn't it about time we took control of the public schools away from the greedy unions? Look at the feeble minds they are producing.

The "fact", as if you have any clue what that even means, is not only are innocent children being slaughtered, but abortion increases not only risk of breast cancer but the psychological ramifications for the woman last a life time. That is fact. And, again, let us not forget that an innocent human being in his mother's womb was slaughtered, butchered, murdered. Are you getting it yet?

You want to participate in that? Then write a check to planned parenthood or any other baby butcher of your choice. Just don't expect me to fund it.

Your Mama
Your Mama

can't wait to hear the conservatives of the future complain about welfare recipients, a class of people they're inevitably going to expand if this bill passes.

Deely408
Deely408

Expand? You mean because the children of minorities and the poor will no longer be aborted? Let's stop Margaret Sanger's intent to rid society of these targeted groups. Let's protect them. Defund Planned Parenthood. btw, most birth control pills and devices can also act as abortiofacients. So, yes, you do provide abortions.

Dhayes
Dhayes

you are a sick one - you asshole

anonymous
anonymous

oh great the alex jones listeners are here

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

I would love to see your proof on "most birth control pills and devices". I mean you were so specific with your wording, there just must exist something backing it up. Furthermore people that want to abort their babies are going to find a way to continue doing it.They will just face a greater chance of death themselves. But I am sure you don't give a damn about that. Child killers deserve to die, right? I mean what are you going to argue next that since pot is illegal that no one smokes it?

I love you church going hypocrites. And by the way, marital bond is not part of the nature of human sexuality (even though that is what your church tells you). Throughout human existence, people have sought to have more than one mate. So unless those fundamental Mormons are on to something, your statement is a bunch of crap.

Lorilady13
Lorilady13

Despite your view on contraceptives... let's go ahead and DO AWAY with cancer screening and other testing. Let's let women DIE of cervical cancer, breast cancer, HIV and infertility because of other issues! Let's let women have unintended pregnancies because they have no way planning their own families. Let's talk to the men out there, to give up on having sex with their wives so they don't have these unintended pregnancies. Will that work better?

DDD408
DDD408

Replying to 'We should not ignore the unborn, but PREVENT unplanned pregnancies...' post: you are saying that if pregnancies are prevented, then no abortion is necessary. Two things are wrong with that position: first, abortiofacients cause abortions when they fail as contraceptives. Secondly, if the expectation is that sexual activity will not result in pregnancy, and it does, the unpreparedness involved sets the stage to abort. Human sexual intercourse has two innate natural effects: marital bonding and creating human beings. To disregard the nature of human sexuality has disasterous consequences for all involved. You say you are not pro-abortion, That self-designation is superfulous if you are willing to allow and support the taking of human life by abortion. Call yourself what you like, you think abortion is justice. We are the choices we make.

Lorilady13
Lorilady13

We should not ignore the unborn, but PREVENT unplanned pregnancies! People ARE going to have sex. Period. If we educate, if monies are spent to educate and offer contraceptives to those that ARE having sex, there would be fewer abortions. Again, I'm NOT pro-abortion... but truly know that the abortion rate, whether legal or back alley will INCREASE if our funding is eliminated. That, in and of itself, would be horrible to see happen. Let's not defund ALL Title X clinics because of what people believe Planned Parenthood does/doesn't do. And, all planned parenthoods do not perform abortion, either.

Deely408
Deely408

We do not have to ignore the claims of the unborn, including concepti, to rights to life and human compassion to in order to extend human compassion to already-born persons.

Stan Green
Stan Green

The money is fungible, meaning that the Title X tax dollars do make it possible for Planned Parenthood to conduct its abortion business. Any tax money going to PP helps them do abortions because it allows them the financial breathing room to move the money around. Your tax dollars for "family planning" help PP free up money to fund their elaborate abortion marketing effort. If PP is that concerned about it, why not just stop doing abortions to keep the Title X $$$$$? The bottom line is that no giant organization like PP should get tax money if it does abortion.

Dhayes
Dhayes

you are an idiot. Abortion is a legal right. these right wingers aren't going back to paying for welfare again are they???

Seeh2o
Seeh2o

Right Stan, I see all sorts of newspaper ads, television ads, airplanes pulling signs across the sky from Planned Parenthood in their push to market abortions. Yes, yes, abortions for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e from toddlers in tiaras to old greasy grannies.

Lots of high gloss pamphlets and gift cards being handed out by them to as part of their "elaborate abortion marketing effort."

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

I saw a billboard that said "kill your unborn child, exit now" and then in small print it read "next opportunity in 41 miles"

Lorilady13
Lorilady13

Family Planning clinics, like the one in my community, do NOT perform abortions. We do offer many of the services that Planned Parenthood does. Annual cancer screening exams, birth control, HIV/STD testing, etc. If this bill goes through, we will lose all our grant money and will have to turn away our patients who have no other source of medical attention. With our services, during their exam, we also detect other 'ailments', such as high blood pressure, glucose issues, STD's, pregnancy, etc. If monies are taken away from us, we will have to close our doors.

David
David

Lorilady13,

This amendment would not affect your clinic. Only clinics that perform abortions would be denied Title X funding.

Notice the second paragraph in this post. The Pence Amendment would strip Planned Parenthood of Title X funding, and next line states that a different bill would stop all Title X funds.

The Pence Amendment would not affect clinics that do not perform abortions. However, all clinics that perform abortions would be denied Title X funding.

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