Thursday, August 20, 2015

InstaPoll: Defunding Planned Parenthood

Congressman Randy Forbes



Recently, undercover videos were released by the Center of Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing obtaining and processing fetal tissue from abortions to be used for research. In response, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have launched investigations into the allegations that Planned Parenthood violated federal law by profiting from this transfer of tissue from unborn children.  Among other things, federal law prohibits, "alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy" if that alteration is made "solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue."

Additionally, many lawmakers have called for the government to halt public funding for Planned Parenthood, and instead funnel those federal funds to clinics that can provide a range of health services to women while also respecting the sanctity of life.  Legislation has been introduced both to institute a one year moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding, as well as to permanently ban federal government funding for the organization. 

In the meantime, thirteen states have opened their own investigations into their local Planned Parenthood centers, while several are working to cut off state funding by ending their contracts with Planned Parenthood for services to state residents covered by Medicaid. The Administration, however, has warned states looking to defund the program that they may be in violation of federal law.

Congressman Forbes is a cosponsor of both a moratorium and a permanent ban on federal government funding for Planned Parenthood, and has joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Lynch, calling for a full investigation into Planned Parenthood's actions.

Question of the Week:
In light of investigations over allegations that Planned Parenthood profits from fetal tissue sales, do you support halting public funding for the organization?

(  ) Yes.
(  ) No.
(  ) I don't know.
(  ) Other.

Take the Poll here

Find the results of last week's InstaPoll here.



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