Congressman Mike Pence (IN-06) Offers Amendment to Stop Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood
Congressman Pence filed an amendment today to the appropriations bill that funds the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Title X Family Planning funding. The amendment would stop HHS’ Family Planning funding (Title X) from going to Planned Parenthood. As you know, Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Family Planning money and is also the largest abortion provider inAmerica—this should not be. Although Title X cannot be used to directly pay for abortions, government financial assistance is a vital tool in offsetting operational costs, therefore freeing up money to provide more abortions.
The amendment simply reads, “None of the funds made available under this Act shall be available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under Title X of the Public Health Services Act.” The Pence Amendment does not prevent any federal funds from going to family planning organizations, and it does not cut any family planning funding. It simply ensures that Federal tax dollars are not used in any way by the largest abortion provider inAmerica.
Please circulate this information as widely as possible. It has been filed with the Democrat-controlled Rules Committee. This Committee has the power to allow or prohibit a simple up-or-down vote on the Pence Amendment on the House floor.
If you would like to weigh in on this amendment, you can contact your Congressman as well as Democrat members of the Rules Committee at 202-225-9091 or at their offices. The links to each office are below:
For background, attached is the text of the amendment, information on what Mr. Pence has done on this issue in the 110th and 111th Congress, and a one-pager on the Pence Amendment.
(LABOR , HHS, EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS )
OFFERED BY MR . PENCE OF I NDIANA
At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert
1 SEC. 5 ll. None of the funds made available under
2 this Act shall be available to Planned Parenthood for any
3 purpose under title X of the Public Health Services Act.
◊ July 15, 2009 (3:11 p.m.)
Planned Parenthood – background on this Pence Initiative
At the start of the 111th Congress, on the day of the National March for Life, Congressman Pence reintroduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R.614). The bill seeks to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Service from providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion. The bill excludes an abortion where the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or an act of incest against a minor or a physician certifies that the woman suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy.
On July 19, 2007 Congressman Pence offered an amendment to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008. The amendment stated that “None of the funds made available under this Act shall be available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under title X of the Public Health Services Act.” The vote on the amendment failed, 189-231. However, it was a very significant victory to garner 189 Members of Congress to go on record to deny annual, federal appropriations to Planned Parenthood – including sixteen Democrats. The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, originally introduced in the 110th Congress (H.R. 4133) is a stand-alone bill in the spirit of the appropriations amendment.
During the FY09 appropriations season, the Democrats did not give an opportunity to offer amendments to individual appropriation bills, but rather passed CRs and ultimately combined Labor-HHS with other appropriations bills together in one FY09 Omnibus Appropriations bill (H.R. 1105). Congressman Pence supported Congressman Doug Lamborn’s effort to offer an amendment to the FY09 Omnibus in the Rules Committee to restrict funding for Planned Parenthood.
Congressman Pence joined Pete Olson and other Members in sending a letter to GAO requesting the amount of funding Planned Parenthood has received since 2003.
Congressman Pence continues to seek cosponsors to the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R.614) in order to solidify and expand the potential vote on an appropriations amendment to defund Planned Parenthood.
Support the Pence Amendment to the Labor-H.H.S. Appropriations bill
HELP DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD!
The Pence Amendment would withhold annual appropriations of Health and Human Services’ Family Planning funds from Planned Parenthood. It would NOT reduce overall funds available for family planning under Title X.
Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Family Planning (Title X) money and is also the largest abortion provider in America:
In 2008, Planned Parenthood provided nearly 290,000 ABORTIONS.
They performed nearly 25,000 more abortions in 2008 than the year before.
Approximately one in every five abortions occurs at a Planned Parenthood facility.
From 2007 to 2008, Planned Parenthood received nearly $350 million of American taxpayer money.
Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation in multiple states including Indiana, California, Alabama, and Tennessee for allegations of fraudulent use of Title X funding. Many Planned Parenthood centers have also been caught violating state sexual assault and child abuse reporting laws and even encouraging young girls to lie about their ages to circumvent state reporting laws.
Family planning services that are necessary can be provided by groups that do not actively promote abortion and fight off every possible common-sense restriction on abortion. It is time to defund Planned Parenthood.
Partial Transcript from UCLA student investigation
Planned Parenthood staff “If you’re 15, we have to report it. If you’re not, if you’re older than that, then we don’t need to.”
Girl “Okay, but if I just say I’m not 15, then it’s different? So I could just say…”
Planned Parenthood staff “You could say 16.”
Girl “I could say 16.”
Planned Parenthood staff “Yes.”
Girl “Okay, yeah. So I would just write 16?”
Planned Parenthood staff “Well, just figure out a birth date that works. And I don’t know anything.”
In the past, the Pence Amendment has received support from:
National Right to Life
Family Research Counsel
Concerned Women for America
Focus on the Family
For more information on the amendment, or how your organization can help, please email Lindsey Craig with Rep. Pence at Lindsey.Craig@mail.house.gov.