FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2015
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected] 202-223-8073
Coalition Urges Senate to Defund Planned Parenthood through Reconciliation
Washington, D.C. – National and state pro-life groups are urging the U.S. Senate to use reconciliation to defund Planned Parenthood and reallocate those taxpayer dollars to comprehensive health care centers. These entities, such as Community Health Centers, do everything Planned Parenthood does and more, but do not provide abortion on demand. The pro-life coalition, led by the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, sent a letter today demanding the Senate act swiftly on the House passed H.R. 3762:
“This bill uses the reconciliation process to curtail the largest sources of federal funding to Planned Parenthood, those being Medicaid and other mandatory-spending programs – about $400 million. The funding is re-directed to community health centers, which provide comprehensive health care for women but do not perform abortions.
“Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses do not need or deserve taxpayer funding… Instead, these tax dollars would be put to better use at local community health centers, which provide the same health services Planned Parenthood does (and usually more), but do not abort the lives of unborn children and callously harvest their body parts for profit.”
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser added:
“Now is the time for the Senate to unify and take action. Weakened resolve in the face of Planned Parenthood’s conduct is unacceptable.
“Getting this bill on President Obama’s desk is vital to moving this issue forward, educating Americans, and encouraging them to watch the videos that expose Planned Parenthood’s atrocities. This process also sets out an important pathway for a new pro-life president in 2017.”
Charlotte Lozier Institute research has found that if Planned Parenthood were defunded, the net change in patient population per Federally Qualified Health Center service site would be approximately 110 women – that is, two additional women per week.
- Fact Sheet on Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report
- State maps on Planned Parenthood facilities vs. Comprehensive Healthcare clinics
The Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, spent $16.71 million in the 2014 election cycle to defeat pro-abortion incumbents and elect pro-life candidates to federal and statewide office. The SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.