Mike Pence Presses for De-Funding Planned Parenthood, Abortion Biz Upset

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 24, 2010   |   2:03PM   |   Washington, DC

Congressman Mike Pence is pressing for support for his bill he expected to re-introduce in the next session of Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood — and the abortion business is not happy.

In an email to conservative and pro-life activists yesterday, Pence touted the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.

“Reports show that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, receives nearly one-third of its $1 billion annual budget from the federal government. And it’s about to get worse, because Obamacare is hiding even more tax dollars in handouts for abortion providers,” Pence explained.

“Nearly 3,500 abortions are performed every day in America. That’s 3,500 lives taken away, many on the government dime without the knowledge or direct approval of taxpayers! It’s reprehensible and we can’t allow it to continue,” Pence added.

Pence referred to the Pledge With America that House Republicans put forward before the elections promising to dismantle ObamaCare, which contains a full prohibition on abortion funding, and to cut off taxpayer funding for abortions in other areas.

“I’m ready to deliver that promise with legislation that will prevent abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving a single dime from the federal government,” the Indiana congressman wrote. “With a new Republican majority, Planned Parenthood is running scared.”

That appears to be the case as Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sent a desperate email to supporters of the abortion business today pleading for funds to combat the legislation.

Richards claims Pence is not telling the truth about the $650 million in federal funds a GAO report shows the abortion business getting over a seven year period. https://www.lifenews.com/nat6425.html

“He’s lying to them, telling them that tax dollars fund abortion services — but he’s deadly serious about eliminating all federal funding for Planned Parenthood’s life-saving work,” she claims. “I knew the attacks would start soon — but this is outrageous and, I fear, only the beginning. The attacks on Planned Parenthood and the people Planned Parenthood serves are bound to get worse.”

“If Rep. Pence and his anti-choice cronies are successful, the consequences for women will be dire. Federal funding helps local Planned Parenthood health centers across the country,” Richards added, claiming none of the money helps the abortion business do abortions. “After the gains anti-choice legislators made in the recent elections, we knew attacks like this would be coming.”

Richards called Pence’s bill a “vicious campaign to eliminate Planned Parenthood” and promised to “fight this and every effort to undermine” her organization’s work.

In his email, Pence said he’s not surprised Planned Parenthood has gone after him by name.

“The fear of losing their federal funding has led them to target me for my pro-life positions. They’ve even named me to their 2010 Election Hall of Shame for advocating a pro-life agenda on Capitol Hill,” he said. “But I refuse to back down.”

“Our tax dollars should not be spent on abortions. I know it. You know it. Let’s make sure every member of Congress knows it,” he concluded.