CatholicVote joins coalition calling for removal of Planned Parenthood from Title X funding


CatholicVote’s President Brian Burch and other pro-life leaders sent this letter today to Members of Congress urging them to support the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 61). The bill, authored by Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, would prevent Title X federal funding from going to big, profitable abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood until they agree not to perform or refer for elective abortions.

Here is the letter below:

January 8, 2013

Dear Member of Congress:

Congratulations on your recent election to serve your constituents in the 113th Congress. The purpose of our letter is to encourage you to stand in strong support for the right to life – in all stages, and in all places.

With that goal in mind you should know that right now one of the greatest threats to women and young girls is the Obama Administration’s attempts to insert the federal government further into the role of promoting elective abortions with federal taxpayers’ money. One example is the treatment of Planned Parenthood, a political ally of the President and the largest provider of elective abortions in the country. Planned Parenthood is a giant abortion chain and it has received hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants and reimbursements from the government. No one knows exactly how much we’ve wasted in supporting abortion businesses, but a 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showed hundreds of millions have been funneled to them. Planned Parenthood’s 2011-2012 Annual Report showed they received a record $542 million in total taxpayer funding in one year, making up 45% of their annual revenue.

Not only is Planned Parenthood getting richer by collecting public bailouts for abortion services, they’re also profiting off the taxpayer by making abortion services the core of their so-called family planning support – they try to push abortions on women so they can make more money. To make matters even worse, these big abortion businesses have been found to be complicit in promoting sex-selection abortions, facilitating human trafficking, engaging in coercive behavior, and failing to maintain financial records in accordance with the law, just to name a few things.  

To help address this problem Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) introduced the first pro-life bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on the first day of this session of Congress, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 61). Her legislation would prevent Title X federal funding from going to big, profitable abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood until they agree not to perform or refer for elective abortions. This is an important step because we can’t afford the moral and financial cost to this country for innocent lives to be taken, especially as it happens with federal taxpayer money.

We respectfully request that you lend your co-sponsorship and public support to H.R. 61 and other pieces of legislation like it so that we can stop taxpayer funding for abortion and begin to hold Planned Parenthood and others who violate the law accountable. Thank you for your time and consideration to this important matter.

In Support of Life,

Penny Nance
President, Concerned Women for America

Lila Grace Rose
President, Live Action

Star Parker
President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education

Andrea Lafferty
President, Traditional Values Coalition

Ralph Reed
President, Faith & Freedom Coalition

Gary Bauer
President, American Values

Brian Burch

Matt Smith
President, Catholic Advocate

Buddy Smith, Executive Vice President
American Family Association

Mario Lopez
President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Austin Ruse
President, C-FAM

C. Preston Noell III
President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Seton Motley
President, Less Government

Georgette Forney
President, Anglicans for Life

William J. Murray
Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition

Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Christian Coalition of America

Dr. Keith Wiebe
President, American Association of Christian Schools

Steven W. Mosher
President, Population Research Institute

Mandi Campbell
Legal Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy

Mathew Staver
Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel

Deryl Edwards
President, Liberty Counsel Action

Jim Martin
Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Judson Phillips
Founder, Tea Party Nation

Jay Sekulow
Chief Counsel, ACLJ

David Bossie
Preisdent, Citizens United

Colin Hanna
President, Let Freedom Ring

Roland Warren
CEO, Care Net

Micheal Needham
CEO, Heritage Action for America

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About Author is a lay-led movement of committed Catholics who are passionate about living out the truths proclaimed by Christ and His Church in the modern world. We are joined in this mission by many individuals of other faith traditions (and no faith tradition) because the common good we seek is universal to all men and women of goodwill. As patriotic Americans, we believe that life, faith, and freedom are precious rights, and that the family is the foundational unit of society.

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