Proposal to Ban Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood Defeated
An amendment to the Labor, Health, and Human Services bill that sought to ban all federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) was defeated last week in the House by a vote of 247 to 183. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced the amendment, which would have prevented funds from going to Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics "for any purpose under Title X of the Public Health Services Act," reported RH Reality Check.
PPFA currently receives public funding through the Title X family planning program, which provides 1.7 million women with comprehensive family planning services and preventative care, according to PPFA's press release. Funds available under Title X cannot be used for abortion services.
A spokesperson for Congresswoman Betsy Markey (D-CO), who voted against the amendment, told the Colorado Independent that Planned Parenthood clinics "are community health centers that provide preventative and primary care - in most cases to lower-income communities - like disease prevention, education and cancer screenings. Given the massive economic hardships Americans face right now, it's not the time to be focusing on divisive issues like this."
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .