Bachmann renews call to defund Planned Parenthood
Rep. Michele Bachmann renewed her call to defund Planned Parenthood in an article penned for Human Events, a conservative publication, over the weekend. After the last time she made such a plea — in December — she helped Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota raise $3,000 from supporters. Bachmann, along with fellow Republican Reps. John Kline and Chip Cravaack, are cosponsors of a bill recently introduced in the U.S. House to deny federal family planning funds to Planned Parenthood.
In Human Events, Bachmann said that fixing the budget deficit could be done, in part, by defunding Planned Parenthood, but first she repeated the false claim that health care reform would pay for abortions.
“The task immediately at hand is repealing and defunding pro-abortion ‘ObamaCare,’” she wrote. “Last week the House voted 245-189 to repeal, in full, the monstrous health care plan. This action is necessary in the pro-life fight because ‘ObamaCare’ contains a very concerning loophole allowing federal funds to go towards abortion.”
That claim has been repeatedly debunked by fact-checkers, including FactCheck.org and Politifact.
Bachmann continued, “The next big undertaking for Republicans is presenting a budget with billions of dollars worth of funding cuts. One obvious place to dry-up [sic] funding is Planned Parenthood.”
She added, “Not only would defunding Planned Parenthood and affiliated federal grants to abortion facilities at the federal, state and local levels save us $630 million in taxpayer dollars, but its [sic] simply the moral thing to do.”
Bachmann made a similar call to defund the family planning group in December, prompting donors to raise just shy of $3,000 for the local affiliate.
“So far, supporters have contributed nearly $1,400 ‘in honor’ of Bachmann,” wrote the Planned Parenthood Advocate. “Well, the joke is on Bachmann, because a match gift means that Bachmann’s attacks on Planned Parenthood have backfired and she has raised nearly $3K for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund! Thanks, Representative Bachmann!”
A spokesperson for PPMNS said the campaign to raise funds off of Bachmann’s call to defund the organization has ended, and the organization has no immediate plans to institute a new campaign based on Bachmann’s latest call.
The bill Bachmann, Kline and Cravaack cosponsored would halt funding to Planned Parenthood. The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, introduced on Jan. 7 by Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, would bar the federal government from providing funds to any entity that performs abortions.