An Indiana Congressman has again introduced a bill that would deny federal funding to any organization that performs abortions.
Sixth District Representative Mike Pence says he finds abortion morally wrong. His bill would assure that abortions would not be subsidized with federal tax dollars.
“Federal funding should reflect the priorities and the values of a majority of the American people. Whatever people think about abortion across this country since Rowe vs. Wade, survey after survey have shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to support, subsidize, or promote abortion at home or abroad,” said Pence.
The bill had 122 original co-sponsors when Pence first introduced it in January of 2009 to the 111th Congress. On the House floor Friday, Pence singled out Planned Parenthood, who he says is both the largest abortion provider in America and the largest recipient of Title Ten family planning funding. Betty Cockrum is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood. She says that none of the organization’s Title Ten funding supports abortion.
“The Federal Centers for Disease Control said that one of the ten most important advances in public health policy in the last century was to make birth control legal. That’s how people control their parenting decisions. That’s how we avoid unintended pregnancy. Unintended pregnancy is almost always the reason an abortion occurs,” said Cockrum.
Title Ten was originally enacted in 1970 to provide funding for family planning and preventative health services. The bill has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.