(CNSNews.com) -- On Wednesday, a group of pro-life leaders visited the White House to ask President Donald Trump to “sever” federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which receives $500-plus million in government money every year and, in 2017, was awarded precisely $543.7 million in federal “government health services reimbursements & grants.”
A representative of Students for Life of America (SFLA), whose president Kristan Hawkins was at the White House meeting yesterday, told CNSNews.com that the SFLA was “proactive” in “looking for ways to sever the many funding streams” to Planned Parenthood.
The SFLA added that pro-life leaders are forming a “consensus” about the necessity of defunding Planned Parenthood, which is the nation’s largest abortion provider and which received $1.5 billion in taxpayer funding from 2013 to 2015.
“Pro-life leaders are building consensus and laying the groundwork both to keep forward momentum and to hold the line on Planned Parenthood funding,” the SFLA representative wrote.
The March for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List were among other pro-life organizations that sent representatives to Wednesday’s meeting at the White House with Trump officials.
The night before the meeting, which included “key staffers” of the Trump administration, Hawkins sent a letter to the president, praising his “commitment to respecting preborn life” and calling on him to defund Planned Parenthood.
“Mr. President, pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion,” Hawkins wrote. “The time is right for your pro-life administration to keep your promises and defund Planned Parenthood across the board.”
In her letter, Hawkins outlined five specific policy items to advance the pro-life agenda.
The five items included refusing to sign “any budget that doesn’t defund Planned Parenthood where possible”; formalizing the “Protect Life” rule regarding Title X that would separate “abortion vendors like Planned Parenthood from family planning dollars”; appointing more pro-life judges; ending federal funding of fetal tissue research; and severing “the connection between sex education and abortion vendors through restrictions on federal grants.”
Hawkins pointed out that Planned Parenthood spends its funds “inefficiently” and serves “millions fewer patients” and “provides dozens fewer services” than community health centers. She argued that there are better ways to “serve the medical needs of women.”
“Planned Parenthood must be defunded so that we can better service women and their preborn children’s lives,” Hawkins wrote.
“America doesn’t need Planned Parenthood,” she concluded.