Rep. Pence Seeks to Defund Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards earned more than $397,000 in 2008 as president of the organization whose Health Centers performed 324,008 abortions that year.
Richards received $385,163 in salary and $11,876 in benefits and deferred compensation in the fiscal year ending in June 2008, the latest for which the organization has publicly released an annual report.
Planned Parenthood can well afford her compensation — it received $349.6 million from taxpayers in that fiscal year.
The abortion total is included on the “fact sheet” published by Planned Parenthood, which also lists the number of “adoption referrals to other agencies” in 2008: 2,405.
Now Rep. Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, is taking action he hopes will lead to the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
In January 2009, he introduced legislation that would amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit “providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs an abortion.”
The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where it languished.
But with Republicans set to take control of the House in January, Pence plans to reintroduce the bill, according to his press secretary, Mary Vought.
She told CNSNews: “Congressman Pence will continue to fight for the unborn and intends to reintroduce his legislation to defund Planned Parenthood this coming Congress.”
Pence recently told ABC News: “Let’s deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America. That would save $350 million right off the top."
He added: “I have to tell you as I travel around the country, the American people — millions of Americans, more every day — are offended that the largest abortion provider in America is also the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X.”