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Americans United for Life Action Applauds Congressional Efforts to Keep Health – Not Abortion – in Healthcare

Americans United for LifeWASHINGTON, D.C. (1/4/13) – Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest applauded congressional efforts, spearheaded by some of the key women in the U.S. House of Representatives, to keep healthcare funding focused on healthcare – rather than as a federal subsidy to the abortion industry.

While the law establishing the Title X family planning program states these taxpayer dollars will not be used ‘in programs where abortion is a method of family planning,’ the reality is that the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, is Title X’s largest beneficiary,” noted Dr. Yoest. “The Title X legislation introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) provides a meaningful separation between taxpayer dollars and the abortion industry. It preserves the integrity of the Title X program while helping to ensure that the abortion industry will not grow at the American taxpayer’s expense.”

Dr. Yoest made her comments after Rep. Black introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act in the 113th Congress. Original co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), John Fleming (R-LA), Joe Pitts (R-PA), Tom Price (R-GA), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Phil Roe (R-TN), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Martha Robby (R-AL), Steve King (R-IA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Bill Flores (R-TX), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Jason Amash (R-MI), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Tom Graves (R-GA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Virginia Foxx (R-VA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Renee Ellmers (R-NC).

Dr. Yoest noted that efforts to foster life-affirming healthcare should be a bi-partisan effort. “We know that 7 in 10 Americans, regardleass of whether they self-identify as pro-life or pro-choice, say that they don’t want their tax dollars subsidizing the abortion industry. Especially at this time of economic turmoil in the country, this is a budget proposal that should have broad support.”

For more information on the nation’s mega-abortion provider, click here to read “The Planned Parenthood Exhibits,” which detail the practices of an industry receiving more than $1 million a day in taxpayer support.

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