A new House Bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pence would make organizations that offer abortion services with their own funds ineligible for federal Title X grants that fund family planning and other preventive health services, CNN reported Jan. 7.
The bill, titled Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, has more than 1oo sponsors. The Act’s focus is to ban federal funding for other services to any organization that performs abortions. The Act would expand on an already existing bill that bans the government from using Title X funds for abortions.
In a press release, Pence said the bill “would not reduce the total amount of funds available for family planning; it would simply block funding to organizations that perform abortions.” He also said a target of the Act was Planned Parenthood and that this legislation would “ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal tax dollars.” The release noted that Title X is “the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing comprehensive family planning and related [preventive] health services”
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