Rep. Blackburn: Now is the time to defund Planned Parenthood
Tuesday on Mike Huckabee’s radio program, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said she hoped to start the year off right by cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“It is the right fight to have on so many different levels,” she said (MP3). “We know that Planned Parenthood is basically big abortion business.”
Blackburn introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act last week, which would prohibit Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider from receiving funding through Title X of the Public Health Service Act. The bill is similar to controversial legislation former Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced in 2011.
Title X funds, which are devoted to providing preventive healthcare services to low-income Americans, already cannot be used for abortion services. However, like many pro-life advocates, Blackburn argued that funding to Planned Parenthood was “fungible” because it could be used to pay for expenses like overhead operational costs.
“So we decided we would start the year off right, file this bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, keep them from getting any of our taxpayer dollars,” Blackburn remarked. “We think it is an important time to do it because this January marks the 40th year since the Roe v. Wade decision.”
Blackburn said she was hopeful that the legislation would move quickly through the House.
Huckabee remarked it made sense for Blackburn rather than Pence to have introduced the bill because “women are more intuitively pro-life than men are.”
Correction: Blackburn was mistakenly identified as a Democrat.