The Weekly Standard
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has introduced an amendment to the omnibus spending bill that reads, in its entirety: “None of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be made available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under title X of the Public Health Service Act.” (Title X is the federal law that provides for contraceptive funding.)
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The Washington Post’s Mary Ann Akers writes that Vitter’s amendment would “drastically cut funding for family planning programs.” This is untrue. Vitter’s amendment wouldn’t cut contraceptive funding provided under Title X by one cent. It would merely keep money from going to Planned Parenthood, an organization that performs more than 250,000 abortions annually. Vitter simply doesn’t want taxpayer dollars lining the pockets of abortionists who also prescribe birth control. If, say, some liberal senator wanted to prohibit funding for Blackwater, it wouldn’t be correct to say he was “slashing” the defense budget if those funds could be spent on the same services provided by a different company. Yet, the Post, as well as Think Progress and TPM’s Josh Marshall, inaccurately report that Vitter is attempting to decrease family planning funds.