by Steven Ertelt
November 8, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life Congress has introduced a new bill in the House of Representatives that would keep federal family planning funds from going to abortion centers. However, the bill faces an uphill battle as pro-life advocates have had a difficult time getting enough votes to support such a measure.
Rep. Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act on Thursday to keep those Title X tax funds away from groups like Planned Parenthood.
The money will, instead, go to groups that do not also do abortions.
Pence discussed his new bill in a statement on the House floor that he provided to LifeNews.com.
“There are many good things happening in federally funded family planning clinics nationwide," he said. "But should the largest abortion provider in America also be the largest recipient of federal family planning funding under Title X? I think not."
“There is simply no reason in the world why the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans should be used to underwrite abortion providers in this country,’ Pence added.
During his comments, Pence acknowledged the uphill battle his bill faces. In both the House and Senate, votes to stop the funding from going to abortion businesses have failed.
Last month, the Senate voted 52-41 against the amendment pro-life Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, that would essentially have accomplished the same thing as the Pence bill.
While most Republicans supported the Vitter amendment, most Democrats opposed it, including pro-life Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
This summer, Pence offered an amendment which would have prohibited Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving any of the bill’s Title X family planning funds. The amendment failed by a vote of 231–189.
But the vote isn’t deterring Pence from moving ahead with the bill.
"In that vein, today I am introducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, a bill that would prohibit the distribution of Title X family planning money to abortion providers here at home," he said. “I urge my colleagues to join me as original cosponsors this week."
The FY 2008 appropriations bill allocates 311 million for Title X, an increase of $27.8 million from FY 2007.