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Tell Congress — Defund Planned Parenthood now!

by | Mar 15, 2011

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and President Obama are engaged in negotiations about which federal programs should be reduced or eliminated for the remainder of the current federal fiscal year.  Important decisions may be made very soon!
On February 18, 2011, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment, offered by Congressman Mike Pence (R-In.) and strongly supported by National Right to Life, to eliminate all forms of federal funding for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates, which were listed by name in the amendment.  The House vote was 240-185 in favor of the Pence Amendment.
In the wake of the House vote adopting the Pence Amendment, Planned Parenthood has launched a massive campaign to try to save its federal funding, complete with TV ads, lobbying by entertainment celebrities, and defenses of Planned Parenthood by organs of the mainstream news media.
The slick, expensive Planned Parenthood public relations campaign can only be countered by one thing:  Contacts from real voters, directly to their elected representatives in Congress, with the message:  Defund Planned Parenthood NOW.

Planned Parenthood received over $363 million from government sources in 2008, much of it from various federal programs.  At the same time, Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider.  Planned Parenthood clinics performed 332,278 abortions in 2009, about one-fourth of all abortions performed in the U.S.  Planned Parenthood reportedly recently mandated that every one of its affiliates must provide abortions within two years.  Over one-third of PPFA-affiliated clinic revenues are generated by selling abortions.  Planned Parenthood is also heavily involved in pro-abortion advocacy, lobbying, and political activity.  (For more information, click here.)
Please call, today, the offices of your two U.S. senators, and your representative in the House of Representatives.  Urge them to insist that the Pence Amendment, removing all federal funds from Planned Parenthood, must remain part of the final appropriations bill.  If you enter your zip code in the “Call Now” box, you will be shown the names and contact information for the three people who represent you in Congress, as well as guidelines for what to say on your call.  You will also have the option of sending NRLC a short email message reporting on what the congressional staff told you when you called.
Please call today (preferably, during business hours).  Ask your friends and family members to call as well.
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