Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Planned Parenthood reconciliation bill heads to the Senate

Via Charlotte Lozier Institute; graphics for other states available on their facebook page

A few weeks ago, we reported that the House of Representatives was taking up a reconciliation bill that would redirect Planned Parenthood funding to more deserving providers. Previous efforts to accomplish this were not reconciliation bills, and were filibustered in the Senate. (A majority of Senators support the right to life, but not the 60% needed to overcome a filibuster.) But a reconciliation bill cannot be filibustered; the Senate has to allow an up-or-down vote.

The House passed it, and now it's the moment of truth: on to the Senate.

The Susan B. Anthony List has a simple form you can use to contact your Senators to urge passage of the legislation. The form letter is short and sweet:
I urge you to support the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762),* which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 23.
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. Most recently, undercover videos show that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business, has been engaged in unethical and possibly illegal abortion practices connected to the trafficking of unborn children’s organs for profit.
Anyone who tells you that this measure will restrict healthcare access is lying: community health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood locations more than 20 to 1.

*Editor's note: I'll be the first to admit that this is a stupid name for the law, but that's Washington for you. I would have called it something like "the Women's Health Funding Allocation Act."

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