The Time Is Now: Defund Planned Parenthood

Discussions continue to swirl in Washington, D.C. about the potential passage of a health care reform bill using the complex process of budget reconciliation. As of this writing, it appears that Republican congressional leaders are close to agreeing upon a legislative package that could receive majority support in the House of Representatives. As these discussions continue, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has a clear message: Don’t forget about Planned Parenthood.

Any health care reform proposal in Washington must bar the use of tax funds to pay for elective abortions, or for insurance that covers such elective procedures. Furthermore, such legislation should deprive Planned Parenthood—a prosperous anti-life organization that is responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent children—of the hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding it currently receives for its non-abortion-related activities. If health care reform legislation fails to pass in 2017, Republican leaders should defund Planned Parenthood using separate legislation.

Regardless of what happens with health care reform (which, in itself, is badly needed), congressional Republicans must not allow the fiscal year to come to a close without defunding Planned Parenthood through the budget reconciliation process. That process—which is quite complex—can only be used in certain circumstances. Please write your Member of Congress today to strongly urge them to defund Planned Parenthood.

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