House to Vote Friday on Amendment Stripping Planned Parenthood of Taxpayer Money
July 24, 2009 - 4:53 AM"It is morally wrong to destroy innocent human life through abortion, but it is also morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote or perform abortions at home or abroad," says Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), author of the amendment.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) attached his amendment to a bill appropriating funds for the Labor and Health and Human Services Department.
"It is morally wrong to destroy innocent human life through abortion, but it is also morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote or perform abortions at home or abroad," Pence said in a message on his Web site. "The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X."
Title X of Family Planning Services provides taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood.
Last year, Planned Parenthood received 34 percent of its $1.04 billion in revenue from government grants and contracts, Pence said, pointing to the group's own annual report. It also performed more than 300,000 abortions.
Although Planned Parenthood is prohibited by law from using any of that money for abortions, "there is no question that the taxpayer dollars they receive are used to cover allowed expenses such as overhead and operational costs, thus freeing up other funds to promote and provide abortions," Pence said in a July 23 op-ed on Townhall.com.
Pence and other pro-life Americans say federal funding should reflect the values of the majority of the American people. He urged the House to "close this offensive loophole."
The American Life League says the amendment to de-fund Planned Parenthood makes sense on several fronts: "In a time of economic crisis, it makes no sense for the federal government to spend millions of dollars killing millions of future taxpayers," said Shaun Kenney, the pro-life group's executive director.
"Millions of tax dollars are wasted each year fueling an organization that promotes eugenics and protects sexual predators under the guise of 'family planning'," said Rita Diller, national director of American Life League's STOP Planned Parenthood project.
The amendment 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."