Tennessee Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON — A Congresswoman in Tennessee has introduced a bill to federally defund the abortion and contraceptive giant Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Diane Black announced the ‘‘Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017″ on Friday, a bill that she also presented in 2015. It would reallocate funds to more than 13,500 women’s health community centers that do not perform abortions.

“[N]o funds authorized or appropriated by federal law may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., unless such entities certify that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period,” it reads in part.

The bill makes exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.

“For too long, this organization has cashed in on our tax dollars– to the tune of more than $550 million a year—all while performing more than 320,000 abortions during the same length of time,” Black said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards should consider the introduction of this bill as her notice: the days of her organization receiving a free ride from taxpayers and a blind eye from Washington are coming to an end.”

Last week, in a fundraising email to supporters, Richards expressed concern about the future of the organization as the 115th Congress was officially sworn into office.

“A new Congress is being sworn in today—which means we are entering the most dangerous moment in Planned Parenthood’s history. That’s saying a lot, given the immense challenges Planned Parenthood has faced over the last 100 years,” she wrote. “Extremist lawmakers and their allies are dead set on blocking 2.5 million people a year from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers.”

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“Without the promise of a presidential veto, there’s only one thing that can stop this destructive agenda: Us. You, me, and millions of Planned Parenthood supporters locked arm in arm,” Richard stated.

While Black opined that Planned Parenthood does indeed have reason to be nervous, she said it is not in regard to the future of women’s health care.

“I know the scare tactics that Planned Parenthood will use when speaking about this bill, so let me be very clear: My legislation does not cut a single dime from public health funding. In fact, this bill provides an additional $235 million for our nation’s community health centers,” she stated.

“For Planned Parenthood or others to claim that our legislation blocks access to preventive care is an outright lie,” Black said. “This is about promoting true women’s healthcare over elective abortion and honoring the conscience rights of American taxpayers who don’t want their tax dollars used to fund a scandal-ridden abortion enterprise.”

As previously reported, the Select Panel on Infant Lives issued its 471-page final report on Wednesday, recommending that Planned Parenthood be stripped of federal funding following its year-long investigation into the abortion industry’s practices.

“Planned Parenthood affiliates and clinics have repeatedly neglected their fiduciary duty requiring good stewardship of federal taxpayer dollars through the following: careless management and failed compliance with Medicaid billing procedures; violating federal laws and regulations pertaining to patient consent and the privacy rights of their patients; changing the method of abortion to increase procurement of fetal tissue for which they received a per tissue payment; and a general disinterest in clinical integrity,” the report read.

It proposed that the grants be instead “awarded to healthcare providers that provide comprehensive preventive healthcare for their patients, and that do not perform abortions.”

Planned Parenthood outlined in its annual report last year that it performed 323,999 abortions nationwide during its 2014-2015 fiscal period.


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    A good move. Indeed Americans should not support the Nazi machine (PP). Unborn children are humans and not sub-humans. Let all children live and not die.

  • james blue

    Us constitution, Article I, Section 9; Clause 3

    • Nidalap

      Bill of attainder or ex post facto law?

      • james blue

        It’s not complicated is it.

    • Jason Todd

      So you think PP should continue to get taxpayer dollars even as they literally butcher babies for body parts.

      Why am I not surprised?

      • james blue

        My comment history is open to public view, feel free to make your case.

        If the constitution can be ignored to achieve an agenda you follow, it can also be ignored to achieve an agenda you disagree with. The moment you use a tactic against someone the tactic will be used against you.

    • Trilemma

      Not applicable.

      • james blue

        How so?

        • Trilemma

          They’re losing the grant money because they broke the law and engaged in unethical practices.

          • james blue

            Please show the convictions.

            Every state investigation, including the ones in the reddest of red states cleared them

          • Trilemma

            Why would there need to be convictions in order for the government to change who receives grant money? The government is free to act on the evidence they found with their investigation unless they are somehow obligated to keep giving money to PP. The criminal referrals that resulted from this investigation may result in some convictions.

          • Tangent002

            The Social Security Act states that no provider can be refused participation in government medical funding unless they are not capable of providing services.

          • Trilemma

            Thus the need to pass a law to make an exception to the Social Security Act in the case of abortion providers.

          • james blue

            Read the section of the constitution I pointed to, it’s only a short section and easy to understand.

          • Trilemma

            I read it. I understand it. It doesn’t prohibit a law being passed to stop future government funding of PP or any other abortion provider.

          • james blue

            It’s a bill to punish PP for a lawful act. It’s a bill that singles out PP.

          • Trilemma

            As long as the bill doesn’t “punish” PP retroactively it doesn’t violate the Constitution. In other words, the government can’t demand their money back or impose fines for past activities that were legal when they were done.

          • james blue

            So you only read “ex post facto”?

          • Trilemma

            To be a bill of attainder you should be able to name the individuals who this bill would throw in jail or force to pay fines. Will this bill throw Cecile Richards in jail or allow the government to confiscate all her property?

          • james blue

            That’s not even close to being correct.

          • Trilemma

            A bill of attainder singles out an identifiable individual or group of individuals for punishment. This bill doesn’t do that to any identifiable individuals or to Planned Parenthood if you consider PP to be a person. PP doesn’t have any property rights to government money that hasn’t been disbursed yet so not getting that money is not a punishment. The government is free to give or not give money to anyone for any reason. When ACORN was singled out and defunded by the government, they tried the bill of attainder argument and failed (ACORN v. United States).

  • http://www.gmail.com/ David van Heerden

    Extremists. I’d say the people wielding the knives are the extremists. Killing babies is more an extremist thing. Slashing babies is a sure sign that you are an extremist.

  • tatoo

    So now there will be no breast exams, no tests for STDs, etc. I wonder how many of your teenage sons will get syphillis?

    • Codfish Ball

      Yeah, everyone knows those services are ONLY at Planned Parenthood.

      Sheesh.

      • Tangent002

        Most clinics do not have an OB/GYN on staff. If they do, it’s only for one or two days out of the week.

        • Codfish Ball

          Yes, I’m sure you’ve visited every clinic in America and know their hours.
          The problem with know-it-alls is, you don’.t

          • Tangent002

            You are missing the point. If services are defunded for a particular set of clinics, the rest will have to pick up the slack.

          • Codfish Ball

            Prove it.

        • Jason Todd

          Planned Parenthood has a history of protecting child molesters, killing babies, vivisecting them for parts and selling those parts for profit.

          I don’t give a crap who they have on staff. Planned Parenthood needs to be flushed down the toilet of history, their members in prison.

          Do you have a problem with that?

    • Neal D

      What country to you live in? In the US there are thousands of public health clinics everywhere that test for STDs. Those of us who behave ourselves are paying the medical bills of people that have no morals at all, so that should make you very happy.

      • tatoo

        I didn’t realize that women who want breat exams and have no insurance are immoral. I suppose the taxpayer should wait until these immortals women get breast cancer and then have to pay for their operations and chemotherapy.

    • Darlene

      That is ridiculous. I don’t know ANY women who have had a breast exam at those horrible places. A respectable woman wouldn’t be caught dead anywhere near them. They’re usually in rundown areas anyway, places that don’t even look safe to park a car in. Every woman I know has an exam done by her family doctor or gynecologist.

      • tatoo

        I see, if you live in those neighborhoods, then you are not respectable, and do not deserve to get health care. How Christian of you. Where I live, Planned Parenthoods are in a variety of neighborhoods. Some women do not have doctors since they lack insurance. Those are the ones Christians are supposed to care about. You are obviously one of the new Christians who are uncaring hypocrites. It is a long time since I used Planned Parenthood, but I did once.

        • Darlene

          You’re still posting lies. First you said that women have to go to Planned Parenthood for breast exams, which is an obvious lie, now you say that a person must have insurance to see a doctor, which is also an obvious lie. Calling Christians “hypocrites” while posting one lie after another is really funny.