(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) is calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to de-fund Planned Parenthood after the newly elected Republican majority takes charge next month.
“Well, I think one thing that we can do, quite simply, is to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood,” Bachmann said when asked by
“It wouldn’t mean that Planned Parenthood would go out of existence, because they do have their own independent funding, but what it would mean is that the taxpayer would no longer be funding that,” said Bachmann.
According to Planned Parenthood’s annual report for fiscal year 2008 (the latest one posted on Planned Parenthood’s website), the organization incurred $953.1 million in total expenses that year and received $349.6 million in government grants and contracts. Planned Parenthood also says it performed 324,008 abortions in 2008.
A Government Accountability Office report released in May indicated Planned Parenthood received $657.1 million in federal taxpayer funding (as opposed to state and local taxpayer funding) in the seven years from 2002 to 2008.
Bachmann also said the fact that the health-care reform law signed by President Barack Obama in March provides tax dollars for abortions is one reason Obamacare should “completely defunded.”
“For the first time in American history under Obamacare--socialized medicine--under President Obama, we have federal funding of abortion,” said Bachmann. “President Obama denies that, but we know that it’s already happened in the state of
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Bachmann also called for defunding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which has programs in
In the six years before President Obama took office, the
Bachmann also said that given the dire fiscal situation the
“I think it is incumbent upon us as the members of Congress to let people know--not for the purpose of scaring them--but to let people know the stark fiscal realities that we’re facing right now as a nation,” said Bachmann. “And can’t we at minimum start with defunding things like Planned Parenthood and paying for other’s people abortions that are highly controversial and are violating our principles of the Declaration of Independence, our inalienable right to life. That we can at least agree on, that we should defund that.”
Bachmann is a co-sponsor of a bill proposed by Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.)—“The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act”—that would deny federal family planning funds to any organization “unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion” except in cases where the unborn child to be aborted was conceived by rape or incest or is a threat to the life of the mother.