Today, the House of Representatives passed a ban on Planned Parenthood funding for one year. It passed by a vote of 241-187. If the ban becomes law, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 630,000 people will lose access to health care services.
The White House released the following in a statement, regarding the ban:
Planned Parenthood uses both Federal and non-Federal funds to provide a range of important preventive care and health services including health screenings, vaccinations, and check-ups to millions of men and women who visit their health centers annually. Longstanding Federal policy already prohibits the use of Federal funds for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the woman would be endagered. By eliminating Federal funding for a major provider of health care, H.R. 3134 would limit access to health care for men, women, and families across the Nation, and would disproportionately impact low-income individuals.
President Obama has said that he would veto a measure to defund Planned Parenthood and Senate Democrats have the votes to block the measure. It’s evident, though, that Republicans are becoming increasingly brash and more outlandish in their efforts in the war on women’s rights.
For more on this, read the article from Huffington Post titled: “Obama Threatens to Veto Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill.”