Next GOP Target: Planned Parenthood
Posted on Mar 22, 2011
Congressional Republicans have yet another “liberal” target on their short list, looking to take down Planned Parenthood with tactics similar to those they’ve used to go after NPR—i.e., hit ’em in the wallet. Problem is, their strategy gets a bit confused when it comes to the reproductive health organization, as they’re conflating, well, reproductive health with abortion and thus threatening to cut off funds that would go toward family planning, contraception and other services apart from abortion. Wouldn’t be the first time. —KA
The Title X Family Planning program, established in 1970 with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Nixon, has been largely noncontroversial.
It makes no funds available for abortion, and focuses on what Nixon characterized as the premise that “no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.”
But funding for Title X, which serves more than 5 million men and women annually, is on House Republicans’ chopping block.
Supporters of defunding have characterized it as an effort to strip funds from Planned Parenthood and other organizations that use other funds to provide legal abortions, without singling out any particular group. The House in February voted 240-185 to defund Title X in the current budget year.
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Protesters point out Planned Parenthood’s other health services at a New York City rally in February.