House Bans Funding For Planned Parenthood

The House today voted to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood, meaning thousands of men and women will be without birth control, health screenings, and sexually transmitted infection treatments.

Via ABC News:

Friday afternoon, the House passed the amendment by a vote of 240-185 with one member voting present. The House must still vote for final passage on the underlying spending bill before the cuts head to the Senate for a possible vote later this month.

The measure would eliminate cutting about $330 million through the end of September for preventative-health services, including federal funding for contraception and cancer screenings, at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.

Planned Parenthood is already prevented by federal law from using federal dollars for abortion services. The amendment takes away the money they use to provide for family planning, birth control, medical and preventive services.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America responded quickly with an email to supporters asking them to continue to fight for the organization.

Minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood from all federal funding for any purpose whatsoever. That means no funding to Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other essential care.

By far, this is the most dangerous legislative assault on women’s health in our history, and it cannot go unanswered. We need you to stand united with us now. We need you to stand with Planned Parenthood and with the three million women, men, and teens we serve, who are now at risk of losing access to basic care.

Sarah Stoesz, CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota also released a statement following the vote:

“The vote today in the House of Representatives reflects the pursuit of an extreme political agenda by the Republican House leadership. The outcome of this vote is radically out of step with mainstream American and Minnesota values, and it is out of line with what voters want Congress to focus on,” said President and CEO Sarah Stoesz.

 “In attacking Planned Parenthood, the House Republican leadership has launched a campaign against women on who rely on us for primary and preventive health care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, HIV testing, and STI testing and treatment,” Stoesz said.

 “The amendment to cut funding does nothing to reduce the deficit; it does nothing to improve the economy, but it will take health care away from women who are struggling to make ends meet and rely on Planned Parenthood,” said Stoesz.

“Undermining Planned Parenthood certainly guarantees an increase in the number of unintended pregnancies.  It is difficult to understand why those who say they are opposed to abortion would undermine family planning and contraception that helps prevent the need for it,” Stoesz said.

The senate is expected to vote on the federal funding ban sometime in March.

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Carol Byram
Past Member 5 years ago

Saw the dates on this article, the last post, and your post Talk about having to have the last word!

Joshua Z.
Joshua Z5 years ago

Don B, healthcare and retirement spending makes up over 50% of the U.S. budget, most of it in sections 550, 570, and 650. Your claim that such subsidies account for more than such healthcare spending is patently false.

As for America's origins, you would do well to look into William Penn and the Province of Pennsylvania founded 1680. The United States of America was begun in 1680 by William Penn as a theocracy, a Quaker government encompassing the current states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. It had free elections of representatives, separation of legislative, executive, and judicial powers, a 2-house Congress requiring 2/3 approval in both houses, a bill of rights (called charter of privileges originally), trial by jury, subcommittees, term limits for elected officials, and freedoms of religion, speech, and property.

What "bombers and murderers" are you referring to? Islam has bombers and murderers but Christianity is not known for them. Atheistic countries like China, Soviet Russia, North Korea, and Cuba are the worst human rights abusers on the planet. The only thing I can imagine you might be referring to would be Westboro Baptist Church which is neither Baptist affiliated or even a church, but rather a family law firm founded by Michael Phelps that says intentionally inf

DON BAILEY5 years ago

Josh Z
Get a life!!!
What is your point?
Federal dollars{taxpayer money) spent on worth while health initiatives for poor women is far less in total(your numbers), than taxpayers currently spend on oil and agribusiness subsidies or killing machines loosed on folks of other religions who you would consider infidels and non Christians. Remember we live in a democracy not a theocracy. I find you and your pseudo arguments shallow and self serving. Please save your nonsensical arguments, fake indignation and self-righteousness for those uniformed and sympathetic souls who thrive on this kind of poo.because no sane person is going to buy your arguments for much longer. My suggestion would be for you to become a real Christian instead of a hypocritical sycophant for lunatic evangelical churches that wish our great country to turn from democracy to theocracy, Silence YOUR bombers and murderers and those of your ilk who provoke,approve and support their actions.

Joshua Z.
Joshua Z5 years ago

The majority of Americans do not support abortion on demand, which is logical, since children can be born after 21 weeks and live. However, according to Planned Parenthood's own statistics from its research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, 1.5% of the 1.21 million abortions performed in 2008, 18,150, occurred after this 21 week limit. Why are they human outside the womb, but fetuses to be aborted at the same stage of pregnancy? An additional 3.8% of abortions occurred just before this 21 week mark, in the 16th-20th weeks of pregnancy, 45,980.

According to Gallup's 2012 May 3-6 poll, 20% of Americans say abortion should always be illegal, and 39% say it should be illegal in most circumstances, a combined 59% which oppose abortion in most or all circumstances. Just 25% say abortion should be legal under any circumstances, and 13% say under most circumstances, a combined 38% which support abortion in all or most circumstances.

To require this majority of Americans to support on-demand abortion against their beliefs is to quote Thomas Jefferson from the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, "sinful and tyrannical".

"Whereas, Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy auth

Joshua Z.
Joshua Z5 years ago

"He came to me and said: ‘My members are being attacked. We need to figure out a way to protect members and to protect women. A ‘present’ vote was hard to pigeonhole which is exactly what Obama wanted. What it did was give cover to moderate Democrats who wanted to vote with us but were afraid to do so" because of how their votes would be used against them electorally. A ‘present’ vote would protect them. Your senator voted ‘present.’ Most of the electorate is not going to know what that means."

-Pam Sutherland, President/CEO of Illinois Planned Parenthood Council, 1980-2012

Joshua Z.
Joshua Z5 years ago

Maybe it's time to point out some history, too. Obama on July 17, 2007, promised Planned Parenthood that reproductive care would be "front and center" in the healthcare bill he'd be proposing and he'd make sure Planned Parenthood would be a part of this.

When the Pro-Life Stupak Amendment was passed by the pro-life Democrats led by Bart Stupak in November 2008, to ensure abortion funding wouldn't be included in the healthcare bill, the Senate introduced a whole new bill and tabled the House bill with its Stupak amendment. Rather than pass "health care reform" they refused to pass the bill in December and took the road for a risky Reconciliation process, all so they could make sure the abortion agenda remained part of "health care reform".

Obama during his time in the Illinois Senate led a Planned Parenthood movement to cover up the votes he and other Illinois Senators were making on the popular Born Alive bills which mandated care for newborn children after botched abortions. As Pam Sutherland, head of the IL Planned Parenthood, would put it:

"He came to me and said: ‘My members are being attacked. We need to figure out a way to protect members and to protect women. A ‘present’ vote

Joshua Z.
Joshua Z5 years ago

Planned Parenthood only started providing those other services as cover for its abortion operations, and to get federal funding from taxpayers - namely that $330 million a year (and more). Most of its income is either federal or related to abortions. Just check its annual statements.

Planned Parenthood in 2010 received $1.04 billion of revenue that it does not, as a 501c(3) organization, pay taxes on. Of that, $487.4 million, 46%, came from government grants and reimbursements. $320.1 million came from non-government health service revenue, and Planned Parenthood reported it performed 329,445 abortions which cost about $450 each.

That means $148.3 million of the $320.1 million, 46.3% of non-government health service revenue, is for abortions specifically. An additional $223.8 million comes from private contributions and bequests. So, lets recap:

-$487.4 million - Government grants
-$223.8 million - Private contributions
-$148.3 million - Abortion Revenue

-$172.8 million - Non-Abortion Revenue
-$16.9 million - Other Operating Revenue

TOTAL: $1.048 billion

Therefore, the vast majority of revenue comes from either taxpayers via government or from abortions, with most of the remainder coming

Rachel Casteel
Rachel Casteel6 years ago

What about all the other services they provide? What about the right to decide what goes on with our own bodies? What about all the unwanted children already being abused and neglected just for being born to all these undeserving "parents" that can be prevented? They don't need to suffer for the "ideals" of people that never have to dirty their own hands to help the children and others that they seem to know whats best for.

Bobbi Coats
Bobbi C7 years ago

No baby is unwanted, just try to adopt one from the US. Congress wants teh 1million that PP gives to democrates. The pres would rather NOT pay our troops who work for our safety; than to defund the biggest abortion provider, that has been caught on tape as a racist bigotted organization; yet still you blindly support them.
Question; why won't you support adoption agencies instead?

Heather G.
Heather G7 years ago

Bobbi, your stats are useless. What about the million pregnancies prevented by PP per year? Oh, you only care about the 5,300,000 abortions performed over the past 40 years. That's a joke. You'd be more upset at being "coerced" into contributing to the care of all those unwanted children and their families.