Pro-life Group Criticizes Manchin, Nelson on Planned Parenthood

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2011
CONTACT:
Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or kbrown@sba-list.org

Senators Vote to Fund Planned Parenthood, Seek Safeguards Later

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) criticized Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) for voting to send taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and then introducing a bill, the “Title X Transparency and Verification Act,” to ensure that the money isn’t spent on abortions.  

“The actions taken by Senators Manchin and Nelson show exactly what’s wrong with Washington,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “They voted to immediately send tens of millions in taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and then sought to implement safeguards to ensure that the money isn’t being spent on abortion.  Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

“The reality that Senators Manchin and Nelson won’t admit is that money is fungible. Over a third of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes straight out of the pockets of the taxpayers. Commonsense says this frees up money for abortion.  Data shows that the more taxpayer funding they receive, the more abortions they perform.  Beyond the fungibility argument, under current regulations, Planned Parenthood can use the tax dollars it receives to subsidize the facilities and staff used to perform abortions.”

The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races including 62 wins and 28 losses. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill; increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent; filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four. 

For further information, please contact Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or kbrown@sba-list.org.

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