Last year Planned Parenthood received over $550 million in federal funds while at the same time performing approximately 323,000 abortions annually. That amounts to 887 preborn children killed each day and one human life snuffed out every 97 seconds.
While Planned Parenthood argues that federal funds cannot be used for the performance of abortions, the large loads of cash they receive from Washington free up resources for them to spend more on abortion, which is their main source of non-governmental income.
Opponents of Planned Parenthood's Title X racket argue that county health departments and community health centers are more accessible and effective agents for the delivery of "family planning" services. There are many times more federally qualified health centers (9,170) across the nation than there are Planned Parenthood clinics (662).
In Missouri, there are 24 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) operating from about 200 different service sites. In contrast, there are 14 Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri. Nationwide, FQHCs serve around 21.1 million persons per year, compared to the 2.8 million clients of Planned Parenthood.
Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that the Congressional action would be "catastrophic" for women, particularly for "'women of color." Actually, the action by Congress may be highly beneficial for preborn women of color.
Minority women comprise approximately 13% of the female population nationwide. Yet 36% of abortions conducted each year are performed on "women of color." A study of the 2010 census found that 79% of Planned Parenthood's facilities are located within walking distance of African-American or Hispanic or Latino neighborhoods.Senator Roy Blunt
had this to say following the Senate's action on the Title X bill:
"I'm pleased the Senate was able to overturn President Obama's parting gift to Planned Parenthood. There is no reason states should be forced to fund the
nation's largest provider of abortions through this or any other federal program. Overturning this rule was our first major pro-life victory in this Congress, and I'm looking forward to more progress on behalf of life in the months ahead."
You can let your U.S. Senators know how you feel about their vote on the Planned Parenthood funding measure.
You can contact Senator Roy Blunt by using this link:Senator Blunt
You can contact Senator Claire McCaskill by clicking this link:Senator McCaskill