2015 Attacks on Women’s Health Begin With a Vengeance - Planned Parenthood Action Center
One of a handful of bills introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) would defund Planned Parenthood by taking away important federal funding from health centers that provide abortions. Specifically, it would ban federal grants that millions of women need to get birth control and other basic health care at Planned Parenthood health centers. A bill in the House introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) would do the same thing.
Confused? Let us break it down: Many Planned Parenthood health centers receive federal grants for family planning services through the Title X Family Planning Program, which helps all types of family planning health centers (not just Planned Parenthood) provide birth control, sex education, and other reproductive health services to low-income patients, helping to avert 1.1 million unintended pregnancies per year. Vitter’s bill would block Planned Parenthood health centers from receiving this funding, which would cut women off from the basic preventive health care that they currently get at those health centers.