Monday, January 10, 2011

Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop And Jason Chaffetz Co-Sponsor Mike Pence's H.R.217, The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act

Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) has introduced a bill that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood. The bill, entitled the "Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act", is designated H.R.217, and you will be able to read the full text HERE. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on January 7th, 2011. As of this post, there are 121 co-sponsors, among them, Utah's First District Republican Congressman Rob Bishop and Third District Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Second District Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson has not yet signed on, and probably won't, even though he is conditionally pro-life.

Video of Rep. Pence's introduction speech embedded below:

On his official U.S. House website, Rep. Pence explains the background of the bill:

The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act would not reduce the total amount of funds available for family planning; it would simply block funding to organizations that perform abortions. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing comprehensive family planning and related preventative health services, and there are a number of federally funded clinics across the nation that offer beneficial services including patient counseling, breast cancer screenings, HIV prevention education and more.

Last year alone [2010], according to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, it received more than $363 million in revenue from government grants and contracts. During that same time frame, they performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions, a 5.8 percent increase from the previous year. The nation’s largest abortion provider is also under investigation in multiple states including Indiana, California, Alabama and Tennessee for allegations of fraudulent use of Title X funding.

This bill is justified. While I have no issue with Planned Parenthood providing basic family planning services, to include therapeutic or medically necessary abortion, I do have a problem with them promoting elective abortion as a preferred option, particularly among teenage girls. Planned Parenthood has consistently opposed parental consent laws and parental notification laws nationwide; visit the Alaskans For Parental Rights website to find out how Planned Parenthood is continuing to sue to overturn a parental notification law freely passed by voters in August 2010. Continued public funding of Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes their lawsuits with taxpayer dollars.

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