February 18, 2011
House Votes to Block Federal Aid for Planned Parenthood
The House voted 240-185 today to block federal funds for Planned Parenthood, Politico reports.
Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) introduced the bill, arguing that that cutting off federal funds would cut off their ability to perform the abortion (federal funds may not be used for abortions).
“What’s clear to me, if you follow the money, you can actually take the funding supports out of abortion. We then have a much better opportunity to move forward to be a society that says yes to life.”
Planned Parenthood estimates it received a quarter of the $317 million in Title X funds appropriated last year. They use the money for pelvic exams, breast exams, safer-sex counseling and basic infertility counseling, among other things.
The vote comes after Lila Rose's Live Action released several undercover videos filmed at Planned Parenthood.
The amendment is not expected to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.