Congressman Introduces Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 22, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Congressman Introduces Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 22
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The effort to file the legislation may not bear fruit, but a leading pro-life advocate says his legislation is very necessary. Congressman Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, has filed a bill that would cut the federal government funding send to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.

Speaking today at the March for Life, Pence said many Americans don’t know that Planned Parenthood is much more than a place for women’s health or contraception.

“Today millions of Americans—from the National Mall to prayer services in small town churches—will mark the sad 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott," he said.

" As most Americans know, it is simply morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. But it is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad," Pence explained.

“Many Americans fail to recognize the largest abortion provider in America is also the largest recipient of federal taxpayer dollars through Title X—this should not be," he added.

About 60 members of Congress joined Pence in co-sponsoring the bill, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (HR 614).

Under the measure, any business or organization that also does abortions would be disqualified from receiving federal funds under the family planning portion of the federal budget.

“Yesterday, with more than 60 cosponsors, I re-introduced the ‘Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,’ a bill that would deny any federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America," Pence concluded. "On this dark anniversary, let us rededicate ourselves to protecting the unborn and to protecting taxpayers on matters of conscience.”

The bill follows a similar measure Senator David Vitter, a pro-life Louisiana Republican, filed in the Senate.

However, neither bill will likely get a vote because pro-abortion Senate Democrats and House Democrats control the chamber and what legislation will get hearings and votes.

Vitter admits his bill probably won’t come up for discussion but he said it is important to make a statement by filing it.

"Obviously this is a completely different political landscape, a much more Democratic Congress and a new, liberal Democratic administration that makes some of my goals, which are consistent with more conservative Louisiana values, more difficult to attain," Vitter told the Times-Picayune newspaper. "But I’m certainly not going to give up and get less ambitious about what I fight for."

The Senate voted 52-41 against an amendment Vitter offered in 2008 to a previous bill and it would have de-funded Planned Parenthood if adopted.

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