Mike Pence

To be clear, my amendment would not cut family planning funding. I applaud some of the important work that takes place under the banner of Title X, such as breast cancer screening, HIV prevention education, counseling, and pregnancy diagnosis. My amendment does not reduce the budget for family planning in this appropriations bill. It simply prevents family planning funding from reaching an organization that performs hundreds of thousands of abortions each year and profits from the abortion trade.

In addition to the morally objectionable administration of abortion, Planned Parenthood has been investigated in numerous states, including Indiana, Arizona, Alabama, Ohio, Texas, California and Tennessee for allegations such as fraudulent use of Title X funding and covering up reports of child rape. In California, a minor girl seeking an abortion was told to lie about her age to obtain services, and Planned Parenthood has admitted to overcharging the state and federal governments by at least $180 million for birth-control pills, despite repeated warnings of improper billing practices.

There’s an even more ominous component to their enterprises. Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote recently that “racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human…so it is with abortion.” Abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood have carried out an overwhelming amount of abortions of African American babies; in fact, the abortion rate for African American women is almost five times that for white women. The tragic reality is that abortion has killed more African-Americans than any other source combined: including AIDS and crime.

The largest abortion provider in America should not be the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X. The time has come for this Congress to act upon the values of the American people. The time has come to deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

Mike Pence

Congressman Mike Pence was elected to Congress in November 2000 and was re-elected to represent the Sixth Congressional District for a fifth term in 2008. Congressman Mike Pence is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.