Washington, D.C. - This week, Congresswoman Fischbach introduced two pro-life pieces of legislation: H.R. 371 and H.R. 372.
The Defund Planned Parenthood Act prohibits the organization from accessing any federal mandatory or discretionary funds. In order to maintain their federal funding, the organizations must certify that they will not perform or support entities that perform abortions.
The Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act ensures taxpayer dollars do not support the destruction of unborn life by requiring all federally funded entities to certify that they will not perform abortions or provide funds to any other entity that performs an abortion, with exceptions for rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother.
“Organizations like Planned Parenthood receive millions of hard earned taxpayer dollars every year to provide abortions on demand,” said Rep. Fischbach. “Americans across the country value the lives of precious unborn babies and it is wrong to force them to spend their tax dollars on something that goes against their closest held values. I am honored to introduce these pieces of legislation that helps protect the unborn, women, and taxpayers.
The Defund Planned Parenthood Act was previously introduced by former Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who asked Congresswoman Fischbach to move this legislation forward, stating “Taxpayers should not have to pay for Planned Parenthood's abortion industry. Abortion is not healthcare, yet it is the foundation of Planned Parenthood's mission—making up 96.6% of Planned Parenthood's services. Any entity that takes the innocent life of another does not deserve a dime of our money. I applaud Rep. Fischbach for carrying on the noble cause of ensuring tax dollars are spent protecting lives, not destroying them."
Planned Parenthood has repeatedly demonstrated their contempt for the sanctity of life and the laws enacted to protect it. They boast about receiving $633.4 million dollars from taxpayers annually to provide so called “comprehensive health care services”. Meanwhile, their reports show that they performed 383,460 abortions in 2020 whereas the amount of prenatal services that they provided dropped from 40,000 to 9,000 in just 10 years. It is clear that Planned Parenthood is not in the business of supporting women but instead providing abortions on demand.