National Right to Life Praises Senate Approval of Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

senatedefundPPreWASHINGTON – National Right to Life, the nation’s largest pro-life organization, applauded U.S. Senate approval late yesterday of H.R. 3762, a bill that will block approximately 89% of all federal funding to Planned Parenthood – about $400 million in the next year.

In letters sent to the Senate in advance of the vote, National Right to Life advised that it would include votes on the Planned Parenthood issue and on final passage of the broader “reconciliation bill” in its scorecard of key pro-life votes of the 114th Congress, a move seen by many as key to securing the bill’s success.

“Thanks to many weeks of hard skillful work by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and the Senate Republican Leadership to execute a filibuster-proof strategy, and an outpouring of support from the grassroots pro-life movement, the Senate has for the first time passed legislation that will defund Planned Parenthood,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life President. “Planned Parenthood now commands over one-third of the total abortion ‘market’ and pays its chief executive over a half-million dollars annually — it’s past time to cut off the taxpayer goodies.”

National Right to Life praised Republican presidential contenders Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), and Ted Cruz (Texas) for voting for passage of the bill.

“On final passage, the bill had the support of all but two Republicans – including support from all of those seeking the presidency — but not a single Democrat,” said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life. “While this bill faces the implacable opposition of President Barack Obama, it blazes a trail that can be followed to victory in the future – once we have a pro-life president.”

The bill would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, and apply as well to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Title V and Title XX block grant programs. These sources account for roughly 89% of all federal funds that currently flow to Planned Parenthood.

Under the bill, the amounts denied to Planned Parenthood are reallocated to community health centers.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortions – at least one-third of all abortions in the U.S. are performed at Planned Parenthood-affiliated facilities. According to their most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood received at least $528 million annually from the federal government or state and local governments.

Based on data from their own annual report from 2013-2014, nearly one in eight women walking through the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic has an abortion. A background memo from National Right to Life is available here.