Friday, March 18, 2011

Planned Parenthood President Visits for Rally to Oppose Funding Cuts

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:57 PM

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Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to deny Planned Parenthood federal dollars in the form of Title X funds. Title X, signed into law in 1972, grants clinics money to perform cancer screenings and routine sexual health procedures on low-income women.

Pro-choice forces are galvanizing to oppose the measure in the U.S. Senate, where it's still pending. And tomorrow, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, stops in St. Louis to attend a rally against the measure.

Two pieces of legislation that passed in the House imperil funding for Planned Parenthood: One guts Title X's budget entirely, and another says that any entity that performs abortions, which Planned Parenthood does, is not eligible for Title X money.

Abortions, though, aren't subsidized through Title X money. That money can only go toward preventive care, like cancer screenings or birth control.

Richards will appear at tomorrow's rally, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, 4251 Forest Park Avenue.

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