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Planned Parenthood self-describes as, “a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.”  Planned Parenthood promotes “the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.”  Based on this belief, the mission of Planned Parenthood is:

  • “to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual
  • to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services
  • to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality
  • to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications”

According to their 2012-2013 Annual Report, Planned Parenthood received $540.6 million, or roughly 45% of their total revenue, from government health services grants and reimbursements.1  Planned Parenthood came under national scrutiny in 2015 following the release of 11 videos by the Center for Medical Progress which allegedly depicted top Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners and officials arranging for the sale of aborted fetus parts and fully intact aborted fetuses.2  These videos reignited questions of whether federal tax dollars should be used to fund the organization. 

1Planned Parenthood Annual Report
2Planned Parenthood Sues Maker of Shocking Videos

Congressional Record – House
September 29, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Congressional Record – House
September 17, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Congressional Record – House
July 29, 2015
Defund Planned Parenthood

H.R.3134 - Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
Sponsor:  Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]
Introduced:  07/21/2015
Committees:  House - Energy and Commerce  
Latest Action:  09/22/2015 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 235.

Summary:  (Sec. 3) This bill prohibits, for a one-year period, the availability of federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics, unless they certify that the affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period.

The restriction will not apply in cases of rape or incest or where a physical condition endangers a woman's life unless an abortion is performed.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture must seek repayment of federal assistance received by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic, if it violates the terms of the certification required by this Act.
(Sec. 4) Additional funding for community health centers is provided for the one-year period described above.

S.Res.590 - A resolution commemorating 100 years of health care services provided by Planned Parenthood
Sponsor:  Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]
Introduced:  09/29/2016
Committees:    Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action:    09/29/2016 Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Summary:  Expresses support for the preventive services that Planned Parenthood Federation of America doctors, nurses, and staff provide to patients.
Recognizes that Planned Parenthood is a safety net provider that reaches medically underserved people.
Declares that Planned Parenthood should not be defunded, attacked, or discriminated against for being a women's health care provider.

H.R.3301 - To prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Sponsor:    Rep. Jolly, David W. [R-FL-13]
Introduced:  07/29/2015
Committees:    House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action:    07/31/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Summary:  This bill prohibits federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics.   

Visit Congress.Gov for more information on legislative action regarding Planned Parenthood.

Issue Topic

Planned Parenthood

Polling question

Should the federal government continue to provide funding to Planned Parenthood?

Yes, Strongly Agree
Yes, Agree
Neutral / No opinion
No, Disagree
No, Strongly Disagree


President Donald Trump, a one-time supporter of an individual’s complete autonomy in regards to reproductive systems, became a pro-life advocate later in life.  President Trump campaigned as a crusader for the rights of unborn children during the 2016 Presidential election cycle.  He went as far as to state that he wanted to appointed justices to the Supreme Court of the United States who would overturn Roe v. Wade.1   During an August 2015 interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, President Trump stated he believed the Republicans should have shut down government rather than fund Planned Parenthood in light of undercover videos which emerged revealing controversial practices regarding the remains of aborted fetuses.2

1Donald Trump Gets an A+ So Far on Critical Pro-Life Appointments That Matter to Unborn Children

2Trump: I would shut down government over Planned Parenthood

Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Adopted on July 9, 1868.

Section 1: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Supreme Court of the United States
ROE v. WADE, (1973)
Argued:  December 13, 1971   
Decided:  January 22, 1973

Summary: A pregnant single woman (Roe) brought a class action challenging the constitutionality of the Texas criminal abortion laws, which proscribe procuring or attempting an abortion except on medical advice for the purpose of saving the mother's life. A licensed physician (Hallford), who had two state abortion prosecutions pending against him, was permitted to intervene. A childless married couple (the Does), the wife not being pregnant, separately attacked the laws, basing alleged injury on the future possibilities of contraceptive failure, pregnancy, unpreparedness for parenthood, and impairment of the wife's health. A three-judge District Court, which consolidated the actions, held that Roe and Hallford, and members of their classes, had standing to sue and presented justiciable controversies. Ruling that declaratory, though not injunctive, relief was warranted, the court declared the abortion statutes void as vague and overbroadly infringing those plaintiffs' Ninth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The court ruled the Does' complaint not justiciable. Appellants directly appealed to this Court on the injunctive rulings, and appellee cross-appealed from the District Court's grant of declaratory relief to Roe and Hallford.

Supreme Court of the United States
No. 13A452
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas v. Gregory Abbott, Attorney General of Texas
Decided:  November 19, 2013

Supreme Court of the United States
Planned Parenthood of Missouri v. Danforth, (1976)
No. 74-1151
Argued:  March 23, 1976  
Decided:  July 1, 1976

Summary:  Two Missouri-licensed physicians, one of whom performs abortions at hospitals and the other of whom supervises abortions at Planned Parenthood, a not-for-profit corporation, brought suit, along with that organization, for injunctive and declaratory relief challenging the constitutionality of the Missouri abortion statute. The provisions under attack are: 2 (2), defining "viability" as "that stage of fetal development when the life of the unborn child may be continued indefinitely outside the womb by natural or artificial life-supportive systems"; 3 (2), requiring that before submitting to an abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy a woman must consent in writing to the procedure and certify that "her consent is informed and freely given and is not the result of coercion"; 3 (3), requiring, for the same period, the written consent of the spouse of a woman seeking an abortion unless a licensed physician certifies that the abortion is necessary to preserve the mother's life; 3 (4), requiring, for the same period, and with the same proviso, the written consent of a parent or person in loco parentis to the abortion of an unmarried woman under age 18; 6 (1), requiring the physician to exercise professional care to preserve the fetus' life and health, failing which he is deemed guilty of manslaughter and is liable in an action for damages; 7, declaring an infant who survives an attempted abortion not performed to save the mother's life or health an abandoned ward of the State, and depriving the mother and a consenting father of parental rights; 9, prohibiting after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy the abortion procedure of saline amniocentesis as "deleterious to maternal health"; and 10 and 11, prescribing reporting and recordkeeping [428 U.S. 52, 53]   requirements for health facilities and physicians performing abortions. The District Court ruled that the two physicians had "obvious standing" to maintain the suit and that it was therefore unnecessary to determine if Planned Parenthood also had standing. On the merits, the court upheld the foregoing provisions with the exception of 6 (1)'s professional-skill requirement, which was held to be "unconstitutionally overbroad" because it failed to exclude the pregnancy stage prior to viability.

Visit FindLaw for more information on Planned Parenthood cases.

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