Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania is worried about a bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives that would cut federal funding to the organization.
"I think it's pretty clear it's a political attack," said Sari Stevens, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates and Political Action Committee. "I don't think anyone would hide behind the deficit mantra. Family planning services saves. For every dollar spent, $4 are saved in other federal spending."
The House vote on cutting Planned Parenthood funding wasn't even close. It passed 240 to 185, with 11 Democrats voting yes.
Planned Parenthood said that if the funding is cut, the organization would have to shut down in Pennsylvania.
Stevens said Planned Parenthood provides services that many women would not get otherwise; such as birth control, pap smears and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
The annual report for Planned Parenthood in our region shows about two percent of their services are abortions. That's why some think the federal funds should be cut.
"In some circles, Planned Parenthood has a good reputation," said Michael Geer of the Pennsylvania Family Institute. "But the fact is, they do more abortions in this country than anyone. So when taxpayer dollars are going to such an organization, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, there's no question that ultimately, taxpayer dollars are funding abortion in some way, or at least allowing abortion to take place."
The legislation is awaiting action by the U.S. Senate.
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