This week the House and Senate are to vote on House Concurrent Resolution #36, more commonly known as the Pence Amendment. If made into law, it will strip Planned Parenthood of all its federal funding. This would prevent Planned Parenthood and 102 affiliated organizations from receiving any federal funds -- including money for STD testing, pregnancy testing and cancer screenings, a Planned Parenthood press release says. Planned Parenthood also charges that the Pence amendment would "cut off 48 percent of Planned Parenthood patients -- approximately 1.4 million people -- from their source of health care."
Scroll down to find out how you can help.
Why is Planned Parenthood being attacked?
Rep. Mike Pence is going after Planned Parenthood because they perform abortions. The idea is that cutting funding from Planned Parenthood will reduce the amount of abortions performed. But there are three big issues regarding this. First, abortions are not funded by the government because of the Hyde Amendment, so cutting funding from Planned Parenthood will cut funding from all the other services they provide. Second, Planned Parenthood is about so much more than abortion. In fact, only 3% of all their utilized services are abortions. And third, abortion is still legal in this country. We need to remember this.
Why does America Need Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood is important because it offers low-cost or free healthcare to both women and men. Here is a graph of their services:
It isn’t hard to break it down for yourself… take a look!
What can I do to help?
The first thing you should do is visit the Planned Parenthood Action Center for updates.
Next, contact your senator and House representative by calling or emailing them. You can speak to somebody directly by calling (202) 224-3121. Email your senator by going here. Just choose your state from the drop-down menu and click on the link provided by your senator listed. Email your House representative by going here. If you're not sure what to say, here is a template:
In addition, you can make a donation.
Please post this site on your facebook, twitter, or blog, and email it to your friends to get the word out! Thank you for your efforts!
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