(CNSNews.com) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has permitted federal tax dollars to continue flowing to Planned Parenthood—the nation’s leading abortion provider—for six years since the Republicans took back control of the House in 2011, after their victories in the 2010 elections.
Every appropriations bill enacted since 2011 that could either have permitted or prohibited funding of Planned Parenthood has permitted it.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution says: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” As a result, unless the House of Representatives enacts legislation that permits money to be drawn from the Treasury and given to Planned Parenthood, no federal money can go to Planned Parenthood.
According to a report published this month by the Congressional Research Service, Planned Parenthood received $553.7 million in tax dollars from federal, state and local governments in the year that ended on June 30, 2015.
That equaled 43 percent of Planned Parenthood’s funding for that year, according to CRS.
In the year that ended on Sept. 30, 2014, according to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, Planned Parenthood did 323,999 abortions.
When the Republican House majority elected in 2010 came to power in January 2011, the legislation then funding the federal government was set to expire on March 4.
As the House debated a new funding bill to keep the government running past that date, then-Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) offered an amendment to “deny any and all funding” to Planned Parenthood.
“None of the funds made available by this Act,” the amendment said, “may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any of the following affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.”
The amendment then listed 102 specific Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country.
“I believe that ending an innocent human life is morally wrong,” Pence said on the House floor on Feb. 17, 2011, when making the argument for his amendment.
“But I rise tonight because I also believe it’s morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use it to fund organizations that provide and promote abortion—like Planned Parenthood of America,” Pence said.
“The amendment that I bring to the floor tonight,” Pence said, “would deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates for the rest of the fiscal year.”
“Let’s end the taxpayer support of Planned Parenthood,” Pence said. “The Pence Amendment’s purpose is to do simply that and, in so doing, to stand with the American people, to stand with the American taxpayer, and to stand without apology for the sanctity of human life.”
Pence’s amendment won bipartisan support in the House and was approved by a roll call vote of 240 to 185.
Among the 10 Democrats who voted for Pence’s amendment was then-Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, who is now a senator from Indiana.
The omnibus spending bill carrying Pence’s Planned Parenthood defunding measure passed the House on Feb. 19, 2011 by a vote of 235 to 189.
However, it was opposed by the leadership of the then-Democrat-controlled Senate.
On March 2, 2011, House Speaker John Boehner put through a two-week spending bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed to support and that President Barack Obama signed.
That spending law did permit funding of Planned Parenthood.
Since then, the Republicans have maintained control of the House while also winning control of the Senate (in the 2014 elections) and the White House (in the 2016 elections). But, as of today, federal funding of Planned Parenthood continues.
Last September, then-candidate Donald Trump sent a letter to pro-life leaders. In this letter, Trump said: “I am committed to: … Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”
The current law funding the government, which was passed by a lame-duck Congress and signed by then-President Barack Obama on Dec, 9, 2016, expires on April 28. By that day, the Republican Congress must pass and President Trump must sign a new law to fund the government.
It will either permit or not permit funding of Planned Parenthood.
The 323,999 abortions that Planned Parenthood says it did in the year that ended on June 30, 2014 would equal about 888 abortions per day—if Planned Parenthood clinics were open all 365 days of the year and did abortions on every day of the year.
They would equal about 37 each hour—if Planned Parenthood did their abortions 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
A Congressional Research Service report published on April 5, 2017, summarized Planned Parenthood’s government funding sources.
“For their fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 (referred to as 2014-2015 data in this report), PPFA and its affiliates reported total revenue of $1.29 billion,” said CRS.
“The largest source ($553.7 million, or 43%) was from government reimbursements received from government programs for health services provided (e.g., Medicaid) and grants (e.g., the Title X Family Planning Program),” said CRS. “This category included funds from federal, state, and local governments. For example, it includes both state and federal shares of Medicaid reimbursements for covered services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries.
“According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and CBO, Medicaid reimbursements for providing services to covered beneficiaries are the largest source of government revenue for PPFA,” said CRS. “In a study of 2012 revenue, GAO found that PPFA affiliates reported $400.56 million in Medicaid reimbursements (including both federal and state dollars). In a 2015 cost estimate, CBO estimated that PPFA received $390 million in annual federal and state Medicaid reimbursements, making these reimbursements the largest source of federal support for PPFA.”
The House Republican leadership’s reconciliation bill to reform Obamacare, which was never brought up for a vote on the House floor, would have denied Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood for one year.