House to Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood and Redirect Funding to FQHCs; Tell the House of Representatives to Vote NO TODAY
Late last night, the House Committee on Rules, in a 9 to 4 party-line vote, cleared HR 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, for a vote by the full chamber as early as today. As originally drafted, the bill authored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) would place a one-year moratorium on all federal funding to Planned Parenthood or its health centers unless the entities certify that they will not perform, or fund other entities that perform, abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or because of the life endangerment of the woman. The Rules Committee also modified the legislation by adopting an amendment offered by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) that would maintain the one-year moratorium and also “redirect” funding by providing an additional $235 million to federally qualified health centers under the Section 330 program during the same period. (The $235 million reflects federal savings the Congressional Budget Office reported would be achieved by defunding Planned Parenthood for one year.)
Similar to Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) legislation that was defeated last month in the Senate, HR 3134 demonstrates a lack of respect for and understanding of the preventive health needs of the millions of individuals who rely on the family planning safety net as their usual, and oftentimes sole, source of health care. The White House has already issued a statement threatening to veto the legislation.
NFPRHA strongly opposes HR 3134 and all legislation that seeks to dismantle the publicly funded family planning provider network. Stand with the millions who rely on Title X for their care – in every state and for all of its providers - and ACT NOW by letting your congressional representatives know in the strongest possible terms that you oppose HR 3134.