Republicans Must Redirect Taxpayer Funds Away From Planned Parenthood

This afternoon Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released the following statement in response to the proposed spending bill:

“A majority (53.3 percent) of Americans support redirecting Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to community health centers that offer a full range of primary and preventative care but do not perform or promote abortion. With pro-life Republican majorities in both houses, it is incredibly disappointing that any Republican spending bill would contain continued funding for Planned Parenthood. This makes it imperative that Republicans also move quickly on a reconciliation bill that redirects the abortion giant’s funding to community health centers,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“In March, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in order to overturn then President Obama’s last minute regulation which forced states to fund Planned Parenthood under Title X. That effort to undo Obama’s parting gift to the big abortion industry proves that the votes are there using reconciliation. Women would be better served by these comprehensive health care entities, which outnumber the abortion chain by more than 20 to one nationwide. Planned Parenthood, which performs more than 320,000 abortions in a single year per their latest annual report, does not need or deserve taxpayer dollars.”

A January 2017 poll found that a majority of voters in 2018 Senate battleground states oppose giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, instead of comprehensive healthcare providers. A majority in North Dakota, Montana, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Florida also said they would be less likely to vote for Senators who vote to keep sending tax dollars to the abortion giant.

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