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What editorial writers are saying about House budget cuts to Planned Parenthood

House Republicans passed a measure that would eliminate any federal money for Planned Parenthood, citing the fact that the organization performs abortions.

Posted March 14, 2011.

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The House Appropriations Committee also passed a Republican bill that would eliminate Title X funding for family planning and related preventive services. Editorial writers are calling the moves attacks on women's health care, although at least one newspaper said no government should give money to any organization that provides abortions, even though federal money isn't paying for them and abortions are only a fraction of the group's services.

Pence amendment puts women's health at risk

It's too dramatic to say Rep. Mike Pence [(R, Ind.)] is waging war against Planned Parenthood. Let's just say it's a crusade, and he's won the latest round. ... Pence has argued that federal funds used for other Planned Parenthood services free up funds used by the agency to provide abortions. ... We agree that federal funds should not be used to pay for abortions, but Pence's draconian amendment goes beyond ensuring that does not happen. We wish Pence ... had mentioned what alternatives women have to get the low-cost family planning care they need. Perhaps that raises a question the congressman cannot readily answer. The Star-Press (Muncie, Ind.), Feb. 22

Cutting Title X funding goes far too deep

[T]he plan seems less about cutting costs and more about conservatives' long-held opposition to abortion, especially if it's supported by taxpayers. Problem is, Title X does not fund abortion -- it pays for education, contraception and reproductive health services that are so vital to low-income women and men. ... To do away with its funding is to turn our backs on some of society's most at-risk people: young, impoverished mothers and their babies. The Bakersfield (Calif.) Californian, Feb. 23

Planned Parenthood assault is a disgrace

Planned Parenthood used its [$363 million in] federal money to fund 1 million screenings for cervical cancer in 2010 and 830,000 breast exams and tens of thousands of testicular screenings. Planned Parenthood clinics provided birth control pills and other types of contraception to 2.5 million men and women, and screened and treated 4 million patients for sexually transmitted infections including HIV. ... Without access to the care Planned Parenthood provides, more women will die, and fewer children will receive prenatal or postnatal care. There would be more unwanted pregnancies and, as a result, ironically, more abortions. The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, Feb. 23

No family values here

Why do the hard work of preventing unplanned pregnancies when you can rally the troops with an attack on Planned Parenthood? Indiana Congressman Mike Pence might have bolstered his conservative credentials with a budget amendment to prohibit the allocation of federal funds to the agency. But Americans who can look past the rhetoric should urge the Senate to defeat the wrong-headed move. The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Feb. 22

Promoting abortion: not on the taxpayers' dime

According to Planned Parenthood and its advocates, the organization is under "attack." ... What's really going on is that some legislators are wising up to the schemes and pressure tactics leftist organizations use to obtain taxpayer financing. Planned Parenthood is an unapologetic advocate for abortion and sexual promiscuity. Its leaders like to claim that it doesn't promote elective abortion. But its own website's abortion page states: "Abortion is a safe and legal way to end pregnancy." ... This is the culture Planned Parenthood promotes. Taxpayers mustn't subsidize it. Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.), Feb. 10

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