House Republicans introduced legislation Friday that would prohibit abortion providers from receiving federal funds.
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act rounding up the GOP’s pro-life agenda for this coming week. The bill has 122 co-sponsors.
“I am grateful for the support of more than 122 original co-sponsors of this important legislation and look forward to voting to enact the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” Pence announced in a statement.
Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing family planning services such as screenings and preventative services such as emergency contraceptives, birth control and abortions for low-income families. Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the largest recipient of Title X funding.
It is unclear how much PPFA has received from the family planning provision. However PPFA reported having received $363 million in government grants and contract in 2008. If passed, the legislation would likely take millions of dollars away from groups like Planned Parenthood.
“The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act will prevent any family planning funds under Title X from going to Planned Parenthood or other organizations that perform abortions. It will ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal