Can Congress Force Planned Parenthood To Comply With Law?
January 12, 2015 5:17am PST
October 16, 1916. Margaret Sanger and two other women opened the nation’s first birth control clinic and were promptly arrested, tried, and convicted for distributing obscene materials. Those convictions were overturned and the U.S. began having its first public discourse on birth control.
By 1938, the American Birth Control League was firmly entrenched and expanding. Many perceived the name to be offensive and by 1942 the original clinic and others came together to form the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. More than 200 centers serving nearly 50,000 clients were included in this group.
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During the abortion debates leading to Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood became more active and aggressive in its practice of ending human lives in utero. Since the 1973 decision, “health care” provided by the centers has received varying degrees of federal funding, while abortions were expressly not funded by taxpayers directly.
In both 2012 and 2013, this “women’s healthcare” provider self-reported performing more than 327,000 abortions. Planned Parenthood received $1.7 billion in federal funding during the same period. In 2011 the House voted twice to completely defund the abortion clinics as no distinction can clearly be drawn between funding the utilities and the actual procedures that occur within the facility. A democrat controlled Senate, however, never brought the bill up.
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Last week, House Republicans again introduced legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood. Leading the charge is Rep. Diane Black, (R-TN) whose bill restricts use of taxpayer monies under Title X to family planning only. No taxpayer dollars should be funding abortion directly or indirectly.“This legislation would simply clarify the original intent and spirit of the law to ensure that Title X federal funded grants will no longer be awarded to ‘health care’ providers that fail to protect life by providing abortions,” said Black.
Even in light of a certain veto by President Obama, this legislation is being revived. Pro-life republicans and conservatives want to be on the record on this matter. Though it is the largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood Is not the only entity with funding that could be impacted. “Similar organizations continue to threaten the lives of the unborn while cashing in on our tax dollars,” said Black. “My legislation will stop this shameful practice in its tracks.”
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Ironically, the first black POTUS will likely veto any legislation limiting funding to Planned Parenthood and similar outfits. Margaret Sanger, however, was a notorious racist. “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” She was ardently opposed to Christianity, marriage, and a number of traditions many Americans hold dear. The organization she founded continues to operate under many of her personal guiding principles. Congress, please stand up.
H/T: Conservative Tribune
Written by Holly Rennels
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