Defunding Planned Parenthood, not women’s health care

Rep Black's bill H.R. 3134 is smart, allowing federal funds to flow to over 13,000 health clinics that offer comprehensive health care services for women.


WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2015 – Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., the nurse-turned-congresswoman who introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) on which the House will vote deserves America’s support.

If enacted, the law would temporarily block federal funding of Planned Parenthood unless abortions are not performed at Planned Parenthood facilities.

Summarizing the bill:

Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015

This bill prohibits, for a one-year period, the availability of federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics, unless they certify that the affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period.

The restriction will not apply in cases of rape or incest or where a physical condition endangers a woman’s life unless an abortion is performed.

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture must seek repayment of federal assistance received by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic, if it violates the terms of the certification required by this Act.

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Black’s bill would not remove funding from women’s health care services. It would instead redirect funding away from Planned Parenthood while Congress conducts an investigation into the subject of the videos.

The bill is not to defund women’s health care services, but to defund Planned Parenthood, whom the majority of Americans (i.e., taxpayers) feel should be defunded. Woman will still have access to comprehensive health services and will not suffer a lack of health care services during the investigation.

The federal funds now flowing to the abortion provider would instead flow to over 13,000 health clinics offering comprehensive health services for women.

Rep. Black is a pro-life legislator savvy enough to employ the tactic of incrementalism to save lives. Although President Barack Obama says he will not sign legislation that cuts funding from the abortion business, Black’s bill is a savvy step in the right direction and it is expected to pass the GOP House.

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With more Planned Parenthood videos yet to be released, Black’s “temporary” legislation is a smart political maneuver. Of course, Obama will veto the bill or allow it to die on his desk like a premature baby born alive during a botched abortion.

The bill’s secondary political goal is to expose Democrat extremism on abortion and thereby tar and feather Obama’s ultimate heir in 2016.

With Democrats in the Senate up for election in 2016, the bill sounds reasonable and might be enough of a political fig leaf for Congress to move this bill to Obama’s desk.

It’s an incremental move right out of the Democrat playbook on many social issues.

Instead of pouting or whining for legislative perfection, conservatives should cheer Rep. Black for her Reagan-esque tactic to take what we can get now and come back later for another bite at the apple.

She’s fighting for the dignity and sanctity of human life against an truly heartless and evil corporation.

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California PolitiChick Susan Swift Arnall is lawyer, wife and one conservative mother of seven children. Since her impassioned call into Rush Limbaugh's radio program in 2009, Susan has given political commentary on radio and blogs, and was invited in 2010 by Andrew Breitbart to write for his young website Big Journalism. She has written over 60 published articles for Breitbart. A Texas native, Susan's career began as a child actor, including the title role in Audrey Rose directed by the legendary Robert Wise. While acting, Susan attended and graduated magna cum laude from UCLA's famous Department of Theater Arts, then she attended Pepperdine Law School where she graduated with honors and served as an editor of its Law Review and has authored law review articles on entertainment law and federal civil procedure. She worked as a lawyer at a prominent international law firm in Los Angeles, and later joined the LAPD legal defense team in the Rodney King federal civil rights lawsuit, for which work she received a special award from the LAPD Booster Association. While raising her family, Susan started and runs a small business servicing Hollywood productions, and produces and directs a youth Summer Shakespeare acting program. A staunch defender of life and traditional marriage, she served as the San Fernando diocesan regional chair for Californians for Parental Rights, a grassroots organization that sought to advance a parental notification initiative in California. Follow @_SusanSwift on Twitter.