Iowa House Removes Funding to Planned Parenthood Abortion Centers
by Steven Ertelt
April 22, 2008
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — The Iowa House handed pro-life advocates a victory on Monday night when it voted to remove taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business from the state budget. Iowa Right to Life and pro-life legislators led the effort to remove the $750,000 for family planning efforts.
Though the legislature took the money away from Planned Parenthood, IRLC director Kim Lehman tells LifeNews.com pregnancy centers and maternity homes lost their funding.
That’s because legislators eliminated any debate on the amendment from Representative Matt Whindschitl to allow family planning funding to go to groups that don’t do abortions or refer for them.
"While this is great news and we are truly happy, it is also bad news that the pregnancy centers and maternity homes lost their funding," the pro-life advocate told LifeNews.com.
Lehman said the victory is a temporary one and that her group is concerned the Planned Parenthood funding removed last night could be put back in during the conference committee after the House and Senate approve their respective bills.
The conference committee would likely be made up of six Democrats and four Republicans, which could tilt the vote in favor of funding the abortion business.
"The objective is to come up with an agreement on the budget and this is where the Senate could insist that the money for Planned Parenthood be placed back into the budget," Lehman said.
"For now we will enjoy the victory and prepare for when the House and Senate meet in Conference to work out the compromise on the budget," she added.
Lehman previously said Planned Parenthood "is working overtime" to preserve its taxpayer funding.
The abortion business is airing radio and television campaigns and has started using automated calls to reach their supporters which connect them directly to the State Senate switchboard.
She said Planned Parenthood has received enough taxpayer funds already with more than $5 million in Medicaid funds heading to the abortion business during 2007.
Planned Parenthood also received another $347,509 in grants and state contributions, according to Iowa Department of Administrative Services figures.
Ultimately, Lehman hopes to stop the state from directly funding abortions.
Iowa Department of Human Services numbers show $36,308 spent on abortions in 2007, and $80,229 in taxpayer-funded abortions in 2006.
ACTION: Contact your state senator at 515-281-3371 to urge support for the budget amendment to cut Planned Parenthood funding. You can also use https://www.legis.state.ia.us/FindLeg to find your state legislators.
Related web sites:
Iowa Right to Life Committee – https://www.IRLC.org