Republican Lawmakers Face Grassroots Pressure Over ‘War On Contraception’
WASHINGTON — Women’s-rights activists are taking the fight to preserve family-planning funding outside the Beltway, calling on grassroots activists to pressure their representatives into maintaining the Title X program.
Enacted in 1970 as part of the Public Health Service Act, the family-planning program was designed to focus on low-income Americans. The preventive-health services it provides include information and access to contraception, earning the ire of social conservatives.
Republicans have placed a high priority on cutting $327 million from the program, the amount that was requested in the FY 2011 appropriations budget. However, just $317 was appropriated, so the GOP plan would effectively kill the program. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has introduced separate legislation to “deny Title X funds to Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider.” In his FY 2012 budget released today, President Obama requests $327 million for the program.