On February 18, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). The bill later failed to pass the Senate, by a margin of 42-58.
Despite its demise, this legislative act reflected a monumental shift in America’s attitude—a shift against the nation’s largest abortion provider. Had the bill become law, it would have had a significant impact upon the abortion giant’s finances: PPFA receives roughly 46 percent of its budget from federal and state grants and
Leading up to the House’s vote, a pro-life activist group released videotapes of an undercover sting. Video footage showed employees at a variety of Planned Parenthood clinics who were willing to aid and abet the sex trafficking of minors, a federal criminal offense.1 While the federal attempts to defund the abortion provider have stalled, state legislators and governors have withheld state dollars from Planned Parenthood. At the time of publication, as many as nine states had taken such action.
Yet to many Americans, the PPFA is a benign or even benevolent healthcare agency advocating for patient “reproductive rights.” Others know that Planned Parenthood is connected with abortions, but do not know the extent of that involvement. Some even understand Planned Parenthood’s devasting effects on communities, but have no idea how effectively to oppose and defund the local chapters.
Planned Parenthood claims that it does “more than any other organization in America to prevent unplanned pregnancies and protect women’s health and safety.”2 The organization’s literature primarily discusses family planning, sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, and sex education. But while the organization attempts to avoid being the “face” of abortion in America, two realities remain: Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider and abortion is a mainstay of Planned Parenthood’s business.
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This pamphlet will provide factual information about Planned Parenthood, detail its negative impact on women’s health, and offer steps that concerned citizens
can take to withhold taxpayer funding. Much of the information in this pamphlet is taken directly from Planned Parenthood’s annual reports and fact
sheets and is cited accordingly:
LifeNews.com Note: Jeanne Monahan is the Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.