Statement by Lila Rose on pro-life provisions in draft Senate health care bill

“While today’s draft Senate bill has the potential to go a long way toward eliminating taxpayer-funded support for abortion, there are two critical components that must remain in the final version. The final bill must stop taxpayer funding to America’s largest abortion chain, and it must prohibit the use of taxpayer subsidies to pay for insurance policies that pay for abortions.

“Planned Parenthood has claimed year after year that it needs taxpayer funding to deliver ‘vital reproductive health care,’ yet over the last 10 years, Planned Parenthood’s own numbers show that prenatal services – which were negligible to begin with – are down 29 percent, breast exams are down 62 percent, and Pap tests are down 74 percent, yet abortions are up 24 percent.

“The numbers are clear: Planned Parenthood’s focus is selling abortions at the expense of delivering genuine women’s health care. In Planned Parenthood’s just-released annual report, it committed more abortions in 2015 than it performed breast exams.

“Taxpayers aren’t funding a women’s health care organization; they’re subsidizing an abortion chain that commits over 320,000 abortions a year – over 900 abortions every day. Women will be better served and children’s lives will be saved only when the nearly half billion dollars that Planned Parenthood syphons away from the Medicaid system is redirected to the thousands of federally qualified health centers across America that don’t commit abortions and actually provide authentic health care and greater access to more women.”

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