Don’t Let the GOP Defund Planned Parenthood
The GOP and other self-righteous bullies have mounted decade’s long “gotcha” attacks on Planned Parenthood. Until July 2015, far right anti-choice organizations and the GOP were focused on making abortion illegal again as well as preventing women from using contraception.
But now, according to Politico, Republicans are threatening to shut down the government—by including a requirement that Planned Parenthood be defunded in a must-pass spending bill with a September 30 deadline.
This latest “war on women” tactic results from several secretly taped videos released to American media by the shell organization Center for Medical Practice (CFMP), claiming to show that Planned Parenthood “sells" tissue from aborted fetal body parts.
However the facts—deliberately omitted from the video —are that families sometimes donate such tissues for scientific research. The only fees are for storage and transport of the tissues.
Defunding Planned Parenthood is a stunt because no federal funds are used for abortion services. But Congressional action to defund Planned Parenthood would deny basic health care and life-saving cancer screenings to approximately two million American women and men.
Please e-mail or call the White House (202-456-1111) to thank President Obama for his promise to veto every bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.
Karen J. Pataky, NPC
Vice President, Political Action and Public Policy
Chair, Health Care Task Force.
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