He’s introduced an amendment to the Appropriations Act (HR 1105) that would block Planned Parenthood from receiving funds from the federal Title X Family Planning program, the federal grant program dedicated to providing comprehensive family planning and related health services to individuals. By law, Title X must give priority to people from low income families, the ranks of whom are growing rapidly.
Why, what could a “pro-life” Senator Vitter possibly have against an organization that’s helped to reduce the US abortion rate? According to the Guttmacher Institute, publicly funded family planning servcies prevent 1.94 million unintended pregnancies each year, pregnancies that would otherwise result in 860,000 unintended births, 810,000 abortions and 270,000 miscarriages. And in fact, Title X funds may not be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning. They are used for prenatal care for pregnant women. But healthy moms and babies don’t fit into the “pro-life” agenda.
Planned Parenthood empowers people to determine the size of their own families, via pregnancy prevention. Title X allows organizations like Planned Parenthood to serve low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women, especially. The program not only provides an amazing bang for it’s buck, it’s simply good public policy in an age when so many Americans are without health insurance, and increasing numbers are without jobs.
Tell your representatives to oppose Vitter’s amendment.