Pro-life Coalition Urges Use of Reconciliation to Defund Planned Parenthood
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2015
|CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
National and State Pro-life Leaders: Send a Bill to President Obama’s Desk
|Washington, D.C. – The March for Life Education and Defense Fund signed on to a coalition letter along with 35 other national and state pro-life leaders urging Congress to defund Planned Parenthood through reconciliation.
“Planned Parenthood is the nation’s primary abortion provider, receiving almost half of its annual revenue from our taxpayer dollars. With federally qualified health centers outnumbering the Planned Parenthood clinics by 20 to 1, and providing much more in the way of services, including well child exams, immunizations, mammograms, etc., there is no question that taxpayer dollars should be redirected to better options as soon as possible.” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “We support any effort in Congress that reduces, or eliminates completely, any taxpayer dollars going to this corrupt organization.”
The letter, which was sent this morning, reads in part:
“…Over one million abortions are performed annually in the United States, with nearly 330,000 occurring in Planned Parenthood facilities, all the way up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, past the time when recent studies show that a substantial percentage of these children can be saved if treated with the best techniques of modern perinatal medicine. Regardless of whether Americans identify as pro-life or pro-choice, we should all be able to agree that taxpayer dollars should not be subsidizing an already cash-flush industry. Instead, these tax dollars would be put to better use at local community health centers, which provide all the same health services Planned Parenthood does (and usually more), but do not abort the lives of unborn children and callously harvest their body parts for profit.
“For these reasons and more we support using the reconciliation process to end Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. Using this process will ensure that pro-abortion extremists in the Senate will be unable to further filibuster Congressional action on this urgent issue. We hope that sending a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to the President’s desk would help educate Americans and encourage them to watch the videos about the atrocities committed by Planned Parenthood.”
The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.
Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ryan Hughes at RHughes@SBPublicAffairs.com or (703) 739-5920.