National Right to Life Praises Federal Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) praised today’s introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to defund abortion providers, including the nation’s largest abortion provider, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2019 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) who leads the House Vales Action Team.

“Most Democrats in Congress think Planned Parenthood can do no wrong,” said National Right to Life Legislative Director Jennifer Popik, J.D. “Congresswoman Hartzler knows better and we thank her for her leadership in working to defund America’s largest abortion provider.”

Planned Parenthood continues to downplay abortion’s significance to its bottom line, recycling the much-debunked statistic that abortion constitutes merely 3% of its services. As National Right to Life has analyzed previously, this is a statistical artifice that even Planned Parenthood’s media allies are reluctant to defend.

The data show abortion still plays a huge role in Planned Parenthood’s mission and policies, not to mention its bottom line. Planned Parenthood now performs more than a third of all abortions in the United States and continuing to be its biggest defender in the legislature and the courts.

In fact, according to their own annual report, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates last year received $543.7 million, or 37%, of its total in revenues funding from federal, state, and local grants and payments.

Under the newly introduced legislation, all funds that are no longer available to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, are

explicitly made available to other eligible entities to provide women’s health care services.