Just weeks after it announced that it killed another 327,000 unborn babies in abortions in its most recent fiscal year, Planned Parenthood faces a new Congressional bill to yank its taxpayer funding.
Congressional Republicans informed LifeNews today that more than 80 other House members re-introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act would would revoke taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood to ensure taxpayers are not financing the abortion industry.
Representative Diane Black, a pro-life congresswoman from Tennessee, is the lead sponsor of the bill along with Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) . This bill ensures that Title X family planning grants are used for their intended purpose and are prohibited from being used by organizations that provide abortions or fund those that do.
“Planned Parenthood and organizations like it that profit off the destruction of innocent life do not deserve one more dime from American taxpayers. I have been proud to lead the charge against the funding of the big-abortion industry since my first days as a state legislator, and I am honored to continue this fight by reintroducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This legislation would simply clarify the original intent and spirit of the law to ensure that Title X federal funded grants will no longer be awarded to ‘health care’ providers that fail to protect life by providing abortions,” Black said.
House Republicans previously approved bills to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
In 2011, House members voted 241-185 for a resolution that would prohibit the Planned Parenthood abortion business from qualifying for family planning funds. The vote saw almost all Republicans supporting de-funding while Democrats generally opposed it. That was the second vote taken to de-fund the abortion giant. An earlier vote in 2011 saw the House de-funded Planned Parenthood on a 240-185 margin.
Last month, Planned Parenthood Federation of America rleased its 2013-2014 Annual Report.The report indicates Planned Parenthood did 327,653 abortions in 2013, an increase over the 327,166 abortions it did in 2012.
While it remains America’s biggest abortion corporation, the “nonprofit” continued to make money — bringing in $305.4 million last year and $305.3 million this year. Planned Parenthood continued to receive over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money, as it took in $540 million in 2012 and $528 million in 2013.
Black told LifeNews in a statement: While Planned Parenthood and its counterparts like to repeat the company line that federal dollars do not directly fund abortions, commonsense tells us differently. According to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, the organization performed 327, 653 abortions in 2013 alone – all the while receiving more than $528 million in funding from Uncle Sam. The sad truth is they are not alone. Similar organizations continue to threaten the lives of the unborn while cashing in on our tax dollars. My legislation will stop this shameful practice in its tracks.”
Some other takeaways from Planned Parenthood’s own figures:
- In 2013, abortions made up 94% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services.
- For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 174 abortions.
- While abortions rose, Planned Parenthood adoption referrals dropped 14% in one year, and prenatal care services dropped 4%.
- Planned Parenthood’s cancer prevention services are down 17% over one year, and contraceptive services dropped by 4%.
- During fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding, or more than $1.4 million per day, in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements.
- Taxpayer funding accounts for 41% of Planned Parenthood’s overall revenue.
- Planned Parenthood reported more than $127 million in excess revenue, and more than $1.4 billion in net assets.
While it did more abortions, Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive business declined from 3,724.558 customers in 2012 to 3,577,348 customers in 2013.
“It is appalling to see organizations like Planned Parenthood receive federal funding. I commend Congresswoman Black for once again leading the effort to prevent taxpayer money from hardworking American families from being used by organizations that provide abortions. It is imperative that we protect the lives of our unborn children from organizations which have demonstrated callous disregard for the sanctity of life,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores.
“Protecting human life is something I take extremely seriously, and when the largest abortion provider also receives federal money to help end human life, taxpayers should be extremely concerned,” said Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. “It’s wrong and this bill will ensure that abortion providers aren’t funded with federal dollars.”
“I fully support this important legislation to stop taxpayer funding for the abortion industry through the Title X Program, and thank Representative Diane Black for her ongoing leadership in defense of life. The federal government should not be subsidizing the largest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood, which performs roughly 330,000 brutal, painful abortions each and every year. Abortion chemically poisons or dismembers children piece by piece, and Planned Parenthood—better described as ‘Child Abuse, Incorporated’—does 900 abortions a day, 37 an hour and one abortion every two minutes. Abortion is violence against babies and their mothers, and has no place in federally-subsidized programs.” said Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chairman Chris Smith.
“I’m proud to once again co-sponsor Congressman Black’s bill to prevent federal funds from going to groups that provide abortion. Federal money keeps the lights on in facilities that house abortion clinics. A strong majority of Americans don’t want federal funds supporting the practice, and it is time we shut off the flow of money to such groups,” said Values Action Team Co-Chairman Pitts.