Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) thanked Senator David Vitter (R-LA) for his leadership in introducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act in the United States Senate. Senator Vitter's legislation is identical to H.R. 61, which Blackburn sponsored as the first pro-life bill in the House for the 113th Congress.
"Our Title X bills would end the practice of allowing taxpayer funds to be used to pay for administrative costs and other services offered by abortion providers, a practice that frees up other monies to be used for abortion practices," said Vitter.
Blackburn added: "I thank Senator Vitter for his leadership and passion in defending the right to life. Big abortion businesses are getting rich selling abortions and they don't need or deserve taxpayer money. Every 94 seconds Planned Parenthood performs an abortion and in that amount of time they take in over $1,600 in federal taxpayer money. I look forward to working with Senator Vitter to hold Planned Parenthood accountable, clean up the Title X grant program, and help end taxpayer funding for abortion."
Blackburn and Vitter authored an op-ed in today's Washington Examiner about their legislation in conjunction with the March for Life. Earlier this month, a coalition of 29 conservative organizations sent a letter to Members of Congress urging them to end taxpayer funding for abortions through the Title X grant program. This legislation has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee of which Congressman Marsha Blackburn serves as Vice Chair. Blackburn's floor statement on H.R. 61 can be seen here.