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De-Funding Planned Parenthood

Posted by ssbg on January 11, 2006

From:  Family Research Council

Legislative Summary                   0personat150.gif   

 Known as the “Vitter Amendment” this rider to the Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations bill would disqualify private agencies such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortions from receiving grants or contracts under the Title X planning program.

Text of the Vitter Amendment: “None of the funds appropriated in this Act may be used to make any award of a grant or contract under Title X or the Public Health Service Act for fiscal year 2004 or any subsequent fiscal year to any private grantee, delegate, or clinic that provides chemical or surgical abortion.”


Title X, a mainstay of the U.S. family planning program, specifies that public funding “may not be used in programs in which abortion is a method of family planning.” In other words, federal funds cannot be used for abortion directly, but those funds can indirectly fund abortion by funding everything needed to keep the abortion business going. A conservative estimate is that about $60 million goes annually to private agencies that provide abortion. Many of these providers obtain the funds to:  establish a financial base for their business  gain access to additional customers  improve their image by serving as legitimate, government-funded family planning providers. In effect, your tax dollars are keeping some abortion providers in business. These subsidies to the abortion industry are contrary both to the intent of the law and to public opinion, which is strongly opposed to federal subsidies to the abortion industry.

Legislative History

The Amendment has had a strong advocate in David Vitter (R-LA) who is now in the Senate, so new House sponsor for the language will need to be found. The best way to adopt this language would be for the House to pass it either in committee or on the floor and appoint conferees that would protect it. It is unlikely to pass the Senate as the Senate is much less favorable to restricting Title X funding and it would need 60 votes.


One Response to “De-Funding Planned Parenthood”

  1. Eaglet said

    This is a great start toward eliminating harmful, unconstitutional spending.

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