Brave GOP Rep. Brings Bill To Keep Planned Parenthood Funded

On Wednesday Freshman GOP Rep. Bob Dold (Ill) did something unheard of in contemporary politics: he introduced a bill to protect Planned Parenthood from efforts to defund the health care provider.

As Laura Bassett reports, H.R. 5650, the Protecting Women’s Access to Health Care Act prevents lawmakers from blocking Title X family planning funds to Planned Parenthood because some clinics provide abortion services. So far eight state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood for so-called “taxpayer-funded abortions.” This is despite the fact that the Hyde Amendment prevents the government from using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions.

But Republicans argue that awarding Title X or Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, STD testing and birth control frees up other money that it will use for abortion services. Interestingly they don’t make this same argument when awarding federal dollars to religious organizations who provide social charity work yet do not want to abide by civil rights laws, such as Catholic-affiliated entities.

The proposed legislation specifically provides that when it comes to participation in the Title X program, health care providers, including Planned Parenthood, cannot be discriminated against and excluded in receiving those dollars simply because they choose to offer additional services separate and distinct from Title X.

Dold’s larger goal is to “bring both sides together” in support of Planned Parenthood and to education people about the importance of the Title X program. Unfortunately it’s clear his party has no interest in hearing about the more than five million low income Americans served by Title X. Mitt Romney has already pledged to “get rid of” the provider while Republicans at both the federal and state level continue to single out the provider for attack.

And these are all the more reasons to support Rep. Dold’s efforts, regardless of party affiliation. This is sensible and unfortunately necessary legislation and it is astonishing to see a Republican introduce such a bill in today’s anti-science, anti-woman party of the right. Let’s hope this signals a resistance from within the party to the anti-woman, anti-science platform of the GOP.

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Sonia Liskoski
Sonia Liskoski3 years ago

wait...what was that I just felt? A flicker of hope..yes it was!!!
Bravo GOP Dold!!!

John Mansky
John Mansky3 years ago

Thank you for the article...

Kelly R.
Kelly Rogers3 years ago

I would like to add something to think about. On they have documented Planned Parenthood managers giving abortion information to Pimps of trafficked children. If you want to know more about how they help sex-traffickers and sexual abuse please visit the site

Betty S.
Betty S.3 years ago

Thank you Rep. Dodd. It is nice to see that there are some Republicans who haven't turned into women-hating lunatics. I used to be a staunch Republican until the extreme right took over the party. Now I am an Independent who finds herself voting more and more for Democrats. One day I may return to the fold if Republicans return to the center where they belong.

Tony C.
Tony C.3 years ago

If more women don't realize that THEIR rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians, and if they don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when women will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Sex Education should be MANDATORY. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom, I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of YOUR VOTE to keep the politicians that are fighting for your equal rights in and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. Use Google and utube to find answers for your questions. I Googled if Romney was ever for abortions and found out in 2002 he was definitely PRO CHOICE . Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Barb Hamerlind
Barbara H.3 years ago

Thank you for your courage, Rep. Dodd.

Now where are the voices of the other Republicans who woiuld be willing to stand up for the rights of women, children, the elderly, etc. ? If their voices are being drowned out, they will jsut have to yell louder !

Robert Fitzgerald

I am in total support of this courageous young representative. The Republican cry for family values is seen to be a shallow lie when they try to defund Planned Parenthood across the board, an organization that seeks to create a safe and supportive environment for women where it comes to family planning and family happiness. But there has always been a certain Christian agenda with their support of "family values". They mean Christian values, even when those values imprison women and seek to push them back down into submission to men. They certainly do not support liberal family values that see women as equal to men as heads of household.

Anne Ortiz Talvaz

Bravo Bob.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

With humans over crowding the planet...we need to have birth control...if for no other reason.