In Texas, pro-abortion supporters are fuming over a new bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. In fact, Representative Sarah Davis (R-Houston) has said that women will die if Texas defunds the abortion business.
According to the pro-abortion website, Salon.com, she said, “I don’t think it is appropriate to continue to fund the women’s health program so that we can make some type of a political statement as Republicans that we care about women, only to chip away at the safety net of the providers. If we don’t have the provider network, women cannot be served. And they will die.”
The pro-life bill, Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (HR 217), would revoke taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood to ensure taxpayers are not financing the abortion industry. As LifeNews previously reported, 56% of Americans believe that public funding shouldn’t go towards paying for abortions when women can’t afford them.
One of the lead sponsors of HR 217 in the House, Diana Black, said, “Planned Parenthood and organizations like it that profit off the destruction of innocent life do not deserve one more dime from American taxpayers. I have been proud to lead the charge against the funding of the big-abortion industry since my first days as a state legislator, and I am honored to continue this fight by reintroducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This legislation would simply clarify the original intent and spirit of the law to ensure that Title X federal funded grants will no longer be awarded to ‘health care’ providers that fail to protect life by providing abortions.”
Rep. Davis is a Republican but has supported abortion in the past and still believes Planned Parenthood is saves lives.
In fact, in 2013 when Texas was considering the 20-week abortion ban, Rep. Davis was the only Republican who voted against the bill. Concerning the new bill to defund Planned Parenthood she said, “I think abortion is a horrible way to end a pregnancy, but it’s a constitutionally protected right. As Republicans, we have always believed in personal freedom, individual responsibility and limited government, and that is embodied in the right to make decisions over your body and who you’re going to spend time with in your bedroom as well as what’s in your wallet.”
She added, “I believe the sole purpose is to ensure that Planned Parenthood clinics don’t receive any funding,” she said. “The problem with that is I know Planned Parenthood can be a partisan issue, but I don’t think women’s health should be.”
Unfortunately, Rep. Davis has overlooked the fact that Planned Parenthood isn’t nearly as concerned about women’s health as they are about abortion. According to their own 2013-2014 annual report abortions rose at their facilities, their cancer prevention services dropped by 17%, and contraceptive services dropped by 4%. Additionally, Planned Parenthood isn’t licensed to do anything beyond a Level 1 manual breast exams—-the same exam that a woman can do in the privacy of her own home.