Planned Parenthood Funding A Defacto Abortion Tax on America

-By Warner Todd Huston

With the anniversary of Roe v. Wade it is the perfect time to highlight the fact that the millions upon millions of federal tax dollars that have gone to fund the abortion mill organization Planned Parenthood is a defacto abortion tax levied on the American taxpayers.

In 2008 alone, Planned Parenthood received nearly $350 million in federal funding. By Planned Parenthood’s own reckoning, this funding went to eliminate babies for more than 324,000 women that year. The organization reports that Planned Parenthood has received some $3.9 billion in federal funds since 1987. Pro-life supporters should go to www. and add their voice to eliminating federal funding for abortions.

With the House in Republican hands, this would be an excellent time to invest efforts to defund abortion. Bills such as Mike Pence’s Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (HR 614) should be revisited. And the House Republicans haven’t ignored this area. They’ve introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR 3), an act that will “prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.”

Should this bill pass this would stop Americans that have a religious objection to abortion from having to pay for it with their taxes. Reviving this bill would go a long way to show pro-lifers that the GOP is still on their side and put an end to this unconstitutional, not to mention murderous, federal spending.

This move by the House has met with praise by the Pro-Life movement. Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest was happy to see this bill introduced. Yoest released a statement saying:

The pro-life leadership of the House has been courageous in both acting on pro-life sentiments by voting to repeal the pro-abortion health care law and by introducing the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” Millions of tax dollars go to Planned Parenthood and other programs and organizations biased in favor of abortion. And the Health Care law expands federal support of abortion in unprecedented ways. Politicians looking for bi-partisan agreement, look no further.

Pro-life and pro-choice Americans agree, no abortion tax should be levied on Americans. And AUL has made that priority number one.

We have a perfect opportunity to get this de-funding of Planned Parenthood into law and the GOP should take that opportunity and press its advantage.


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  • As is typical in the overheated abortion debate, you really need to dig into the facts to get to the truth. Planned Parenthood offers a broad range of reproductive health services, including abortion. But to tally up all the reimbursements for medical services received by PP and consider them all for abortion services is not accurate. And various federal laws (such as the Hyde Amendment) already greatly restrict the manner in which federal money may be used to fund abortions.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    I fail to see your point. So, people that are against federal funding of abortion should not worry about it because only a little federal money is going to abortion?

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    The point is your article suggest that PP gets $350 million for abortions. But that's not true. In other words, your post misleads. I'm just pointing out a bit of journalistic carelessness.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    Without abortions, Planned Parenthood would not exist. So, yes, the $350 mil is going for abortions. The niggling other services are meaningless compared to its investment in killing babies.

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