Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., offered legislation today to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, thus reviving a fight from the last Congress that had Republicans and Democrats talking about a government shut down.
“As a woman, I believe America deserves better than abortion,” Blackburn said in a statement on her bill. “America shouldn’t celebrate abortion and our taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, who profit from the destruction of human life with taxpayer money. It’s fiscally irresponsible and morally indefensible.”
The bill would “prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions.” Blackburn’s office cites a 2010 report from the Government Accountability Office saying that Planned Parenthood — the largest abortion provider in the country — receives $340 million from the Department of Health and Human Services under Title X, which provides funding for family planning services.
In 2011, Democrats said they would shut down the government rather than pass an appropriations bill that cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood.