(CNSNews.com) – House Republicans voted today to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation. The amendment would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal family planning money.
According to its latest annual report, Planned PArenthood received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts in its 2008-2009 fiscal year, up from $349.6 million in FY 2007-08.
In Friday's 240-185 vote, the House approved an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) that would deny Planned Parenthood and each of its local affiliates from receiving any federal funding under Title X, the federal program that subsidized sexual health and family planning services.
Planned Parenthood is already barred from using Title X funding to provide abortions. However, pro-life Republicans have pointed out that by taking Title X funding for other purposes Planned Parenthood is able to stay in business and perform abortions using other funds.
Rep. Pence’s amendment sought to end this indirect subsidy of abortion.
In a statement released today, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said, "Ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood is a non-negotiable. It must be a top priority in the Continuing Resolution battle. ... Pro-life America demands that our leaders in the Senate step up and take on this fight and that the House leadership holds its ground."
According to a fact sheet on Planned Parenthood's Web site, the organization performed 324,008 abortions in calendar year 2008. That was up from 305, 310 in 2007 and 289,750 in 2006.