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senate Bill S. 1861

Cutting Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood

Argument in favor

As long as it offers abortion services, Planned Parenthood should not be receiving any federal funding. If the organization wants to operate without controversy and if it's so widely supported, it should be able to find private funding.

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07/31/2015
“It’s disgusting. And absolutely they should be defunded. I thought it was so cavalier, so horrible.” [lifenews.com]
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Alis's Opinion
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07/27/2015
Planned Parenthood provides many health care services for women that have nothing to do with abortion. Cancer screening is essential--how much more does it cost to pay for the care of children who are orphaned because their mothers die of preventable & treatable diseases? Affordable contraception that is readily available is also essential...unless, of course, the small government legislators have decided that, like the Chinese government, they will decide how many children women must have!
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07/28/2015
Abortion kills a baby, period! Everything else is just hot air, politics, justifications, or excuses used to justify the killing of a baby. I don't want my money to be used to kill a baby regardless of what stage of life it's in.
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Argument opposed

This bill is an overreaction to a smear campaign against Planned Parenthood. The organization provides valuable services to many low income families and individuals outside abortions — and it does not operate illegally.

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07/31/2015
"The attempt by Republicans to cut off support for Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s health. #StandwithPP" [twitter.com/SenSanders]
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08/03/2015
"Protecting women's health is a mission that stands above politics." [youtube.com/watch?v=naP2FbO8_-c]
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07/28/2015
Planned Parenthood saves lives from incest, rape, and sexual assault violence. Do not take that from your aunt, mother, sister, daughter, friend, or loved one.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
    IntroducedJuly 24th, 2015

What is Senate Bill S. 1861?

This bill would prohibit federal funds from being made available to Planned Parenthood or any of its affiliates — specifically, but not limited to grant funding

According to its 2013-14 Annual Report, Planned Parenthood provided 327,653 abortions, while receiving nearly $530 million or 46 percent of its funding from federal, state, and local level governments. A recent audit cited in The Hill stated that over $500 million of that funding comes from the federal government — though it stipulates that the funding cannot be used for abortion services.

This bill was introduced following allegations and secretly recorded videos claiming that Planned Parenthood sold the organs and body tissue of aborted fetuses. 

Impact

People who benefit from services at Planned Parenthood that are made possible through federal funding, people who object to Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, federal grant administrators, and Planned Parenthood.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1861

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) initially introduced this legislation as an amendment to a highway bill in the Senate, before drafting it as a standalone bill. When it was brought to the Senate floor as its own bill, Sen. Paul used Rule 14 — which allows a bill to be placed immediately into the calendar assuming enough other Senators sign on to it as a petition.

In a press release, Sen. Paul noted:

“The continued disregard and disrespect for human life at Planned Parenthood, a partially taxpayer-funded organization, is shocking and appalling. Recent video revelations, involving potentially criminal activity, make it more obvious than ever that this organization has absolutely zero respect for the sanctity of human life and is an affront to the most basic human dignity enshrined in our founding documents. Not one more taxpayer dollar should go to Planned Parenthood and I intend to make that goal a reality.”

Of Note: While Planned Parenthood often finds itself in the news because of the abortion services they offer — abortions are just a fraction of what they do. From cancer screenings, to HIV tests, STI testing, to sex education, and family counseling, Planned Parenthood has a wide range of services.

In mid-July, 2015, undercover videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) were released, claiming to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of the organs and tissue of aborted fetuses. CMP claims that the: 

"criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”

Planned Parenthood has countered that tissue donations for scientific research do happen, but that reimbursements are only for their expenses. From CNN

"The group also says it helps people donate tissue "with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest  ethical and legal standards," according to a statement from spokesman Eric Ferrero. Later, Ferrero issued another statement saying, "These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn't matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood. Women and families who make the decision to donate fetal tissue for lifesaving scientific research should be honored, not attacked and demeaned."

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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Google Maps screenshot)

Official Title

A bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

    “It’s disgusting. And absolutely they should be defunded. I thought it was so cavalier, so horrible.” [lifenews.com]
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    "The attempt by Republicans to cut off support for Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s health. #StandwithPP" [twitter.com/SenSanders]
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    "Protecting women's health is a mission that stands above politics." [youtube.com/watch?v=naP2FbO8_-c]
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    Planned Parenthood saves lives from incest, rape, and sexual assault violence. Do not take that from your aunt, mother, sister, daughter, friend, or loved one.
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    Our government should not be in the business of backing religious views. Medical science and the need for these services should not be held hostage by religious beliefs
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    "When we invest in health, dignity & well-being of women, as Planned Parenthood has done & will keep doing, we're building a stronger future." [womenarewatching.org]
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    Planned Parenthood provides many health care services for women that have nothing to do with abortion. Cancer screening is essential--how much more does it cost to pay for the care of children who are orphaned because their mothers die of preventable & treatable diseases? Affordable contraception that is readily available is also essential...unless, of course, the small government legislators have decided that, like the Chinese government, they will decide how many children women must have!
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    Abortion kills a baby, period! Everything else is just hot air, politics, justifications, or excuses used to justify the killing of a baby. I don't want my money to be used to kill a baby regardless of what stage of life it's in.
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    Abortion is a small percentage of what planned parenthood does for people, I don't see why they should be punished, having done nothing wrong
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    Most of the treatments that Planned Parenthood offer come at the same cost at many other healthcare institutions. Playing the Planned Parenthood monopoly card isn't going to cover up this awful scandal. I don't want any of my money going towards an institution who can casually talk about trading dead baby body parts over wine and cheese.
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    They provide a necessary service and do nothing illegal.
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    This bill is an attack on woman made by republican men who hate woman
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    "I'm asking you to join me in calling on Congress to #DefundPlannedParenthood." -twitter.com/ScottWalker
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    If you like Planned Parenthood, give them your own money. Just don't force me to give them mine.
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    This is ridiculous!!!! We need planned parenthood! Quit forcing you religious views on everyone else. We need abortion! You don't want to feed our child it give their parents job. You criminalize poor people and your policies have created that poverty. So now you want to hit them when they are down!!!!
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    My tax dollars should NEVER get into Planned Infanticide (Planned Parenthood)
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    "Latest Planned Parenthood video made me heartsick and is another call to action. We must investigate and defund them" -twitter.com/JebBush
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    Federal funds aren't used for abortion services and the services that do get federal funding are critical for women's health.
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    I do not want my tax dollars going to this company at all. My tax dollars pay for medicaid already which cover women's health services. No need for tax dollars to go to amoral companies
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    This an evil organization in that it harvests babies and sells their parts. This evil must be stopped.
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