AULA calls on Congress to save 1/3 of a billion dollars by de-funding Planned Parenthood


WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-02-11) – Following today’s vote to approve a short-term CR through March 18th, Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called on Congress to make the next budget cut the one third of a billion dollars that the federal government gives to the nation’s largest abortion provider—Planned Parenthood—every year.   She noted that Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)’s amendment to the 7-month CR—which would cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood and passed with bi-partisan support in the House in February—has the support of the overwhelming majority of Americans who do not want to subsidize abortion.

“The onus is now on the Senate to ensure that Americans are no longer forced to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider with their tax dollars,” said Dr. Yoest.   “The Government ought to spend its time and our money funding things that matter to the American people—not subsidizing the abortion industry and funding corrupt organizations like Planned Parenthood.”

Consistent with the position of the majority of Americans—and as the House prepares to make further cuts to government spending—Congress’ next priority should be to zero out taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates permanently.     

"De-Funding Planned Parenthood should be the most bi-partisan effort on Capitol Hill," Dr. Yoest said. "We know that more than 70 percent of Americans -- pro-life and pro-abortion -- do not want their tax dollars going to abortion. Particularly in this time of economic uncertainty, Americans should not be forced to sit by and watch their tax dollars spent on abortion and funding organizations like Planned Parenthood, which consistently demonstrates a blatant disregard for women’s health and the law.” 


AUL Action is the legislative action arm of Americans United for Life, a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision since 1971 is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. AULA played an important role during the Health Care Reform debates because of its opposition to taxpayer funded abortion, which included pivotal advertising campaigns in 14 congressional districts and extensive work on Capitol Hill. AULA's efforts during the last two Supreme Court confirmation events led to Dr. Yoest being asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee twice. AUL's legal team has been involved in every abortion-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the successful defense of the Hyde Amendment. AUL also publishes Defending Life, the most comprehensive state-by-state legal guide of its kind, which is distributed annually to legislators across the nation.