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Social Conservative Review: An Insider's Guide to Pro-Family News September 3, 2015


September 03, 2015

Some issues are so urgent that they bear frequent repetition.

Here’s one of them: Planned Parenthood needs to be defunded by Congress.  As numerous recent videos have shown, this abortion giant commodifies unborn children much as an auto parts store sells headlights and floor mats.

As my colleague Arina Gross, Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, has written in The Daily Signal, funding for Planned Parenthood is far from a necessity with respect to women’s health services:

Planned Parenthood does not offer any women’s health services that are not offered by other health care centers. None. The same services it provides are abundantly available, especially serving low-income individuals in urban and rural locations, while at the same time they don’t perform abortions. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) offer comprehensive women’s health care that puts Planned Parenthood to shame. States, along with Congress must defund Planned Parenthood and make available the $528 million in taxpayer funds it receives currently to the work done by Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics centers.

Alliance Defending Freedom and the Charlotte Lozier Institute, two of FRC’s key allies, have produced maps showing where health centers not providing abortion are located in the states individually and nationwide.  Bottom line: As opposed to 665 Planned Parenthood clinics, there are more than “13,000 non-abortion providing federally qualified health center (FQHC) service sites and rural health clinics (RHCs) that could receive” the half-billion dollars the federal government annually gives Planned Parenthood “and continue to provide comprehensive women’s healthcare.”

As Arina has documented, FQHCs offer a broader array of health care services for women than Planned Parenthood.

FRC is gathering signatures on a petition to ask Congress to remove funds for Planned Parenthood or at least impose a moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding until congressional investigations take place.  Please add your name and voice to this effort.  Protecting the unborn and their vulnerable mothers from this predatory industry is critical, and the time is now.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to join us next Wednesday, September 9, either in person or online, for Dr. Ryan Anderson’s lecture, “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.”  Anderson will report on the latest research on same-sex parenting and provide a roadmap on how to rebuild a culture of marriage.


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