Planned Parenthood Funding Battle Falls Short in the U.S. Senate
 
Planned Parenthood Funding Battle Falls Short in the U.S. Senate
Written By David E. Smith   |   04.15.11

During the recent showdown in Washington about the federal government’s budget, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), successfully negotiated a vote on the “Pence Amendment” in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House passed the Pence Amendment by a vote of 241 to 185, which removes government funding from Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest provider of abortions.

According to our friends at the Family Research Council (FRC), despite being a billion-dollar-a-year corporation, Planned Parenthood annually receives $363,200,000 — 33 percent of its income — from “government grants and contracts,” that is, from taxpayer dollars.

With this money, Planned Parenthood claims it performs “benevolent services.” However, 97.6 percent of the “services” they provided for pregnant women in 2009 ended in abortion and only 2.4 percent involved prenatal care or adoption referral. Income from abortions constitutes 37 percent of their total profit.

The U.S. Senate rejected the measure 53-47 on a straight party-line vote late Thursday evening. However, the effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood of tax dollars will be revisited in the future, so it is important that Illinois’ U.S. Congressional delegation know where you stand on this issue.

Take ACTION: Click HERE to send an email or fax to our U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative. You may want to remind them that there are plenty of legitimate health clinics out there that will provide services to women other than abortion. And 99 percent of them probably haven’t been implicated in child prostitution, sex abuse, or statutory rape.

You can also place calls to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin at  (202) 224-2152, and to U.S. Senator Mark Kirk at  (202) 224-2854      .

 

 

 


 

 

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David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4). David has 25-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless...
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