Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN) released the following statement regarding Planned Parenthood's annual report which showed that the organization had provided a record number of abortions during fiscal year 2011-2012.
"As Planned Parenthood's federal funds reached an all time high, so too did the number of abortions it provided, while its real health services for women continues to decline. This report underscores the pressing need to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America. Abortions make up 92 percent of Planned Parenthood's pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals account for less than 8 percent. As a nurse for more than 40 years, I am fully committed to protecting life and know firsthand about the importance of access to women's health services. Planned Parenthood's blatant misuse of taxpayer dollars to fund its big abortion business is an attack on life and women's health. It must be stopped," said Congressman Diane Black.
On Friday, January 4th, Rep. Black re-introduced former Congressman Mike Pence's (IN) legislation the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 217) which ensures that Title X family planning grants are used for their intended purpose and are prohibited from being used by organizations that provide abortions. Black's bill has 48 co-sponsors, including Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-LA), Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Values Action Team Co-Chairmen Joe Pitts and John Fleming. It is also supported by various organizations including, the Susan B. Anthony List, Family Research Council Action, National Right to Life Committee, Tennessee Right to Life, AUL Action, Concerned Women for America and the Eagle Forum. Click here to view the legislation.
"H.R. 217 will clarify the original intent and spirit of the law, so that Title X federally funded grants will no longer be awarded to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, or any other organization that abuses their privileges as health care providers and fails to protect life by providing abortions. It is long past time for Congress to respect the will of the American people and stop taxpayer funded abortions -- a heinous abuse of the law and destruction of innocent life," said Congressman Diane Black.
According to Planned Parenthood's annual report, it received $542 million in taxpayer funding, which is 44 percent of Planned Parenthood's annual revenue, and performed 333,964 abortions during fiscal year 2011. Their previous annual reporters show that the organization performed 329,445 abortions in 2010 and 332,278 abortions in 2009, bringing the total number of abortions in three years to nearly 1 million abortions.
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A longtime pro-life leader, Congressman Black has championed key pro-life legislation at the state and federal level. The first piece of legislation Congressman Black introduced as a member of Congress was HConRes36 which would defund Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution spending bill which cut $38 billion for the remaining six months of the Fiscal Year 2011. In the Tennessee Legislature, she sponsored SJR 127 which puts the ability to legislate abortion back in the hands of the General Assembly instead of the courts.