Thank you for contacting me regarding Title X Family Planning funding; I appreciate hearing from you regarding an issue important to constituents of the Seventh District of Missouri."The people of the Seventh District of Missouri have consistently voiced their opposition to abortion and federal funding of abortion." -- again with the absolutes. I am part of "the people" of the seventh District and I don't think the government has any business in anyone's sex life. Apparently Billy Long does.
As you may know, the United States House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1, a bill continually funding the federal government's operations until September 30 of this year. An amendment sponsored by Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana prohibiting federal taxpayer funding of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliates through the Title X Family Planning programs was introduced and approved; I voted for the Pence amendment along with 246 of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
I supported the amendment because Planned Parenthood and its affiliates participate in abortion services. Even if this organization claims funding is set aside for non-abortion purposes, there is no guarantee the money will be spent that way. Moreover, if it is proven that federal funding was only used by an organization for non-abortion purposes, it frees up the organization's other funds to be used for abortions.
I have also signed on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, also authored by Congressman Pence. This bill would amend the Public Health Service Act, prohibiting the Secretary of Health and Human Services from 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 abortions or provide any funds to any other entity which performs abortions.
Abortion is an intensely personal issue which inspires deeply-felt passion on both sides, and I recognize the strong feelings it evokes. I strongly oppose abortion and am 100 percent pro-life; I will continue to advocate for that position in the U.S. Congress. I support efforts to reduce the number of abortions in this country, and I also support efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that a "right to abortion" does not exist within it. In addition, nearly every year, Congress addresses whether taxpayer dollars should be used to fund abortions and abortion-related services. I believe that those services should not be provided using the tax revenue from citizens who hold fundamental moral and religious objections to abortion.
There will always be differing views on important issues, and I fully respect and consider both sides. The people of the Seventh District of Missouri have consistently voiced their opposition to abortion and federal funding of abortion. I appreciate you letting me know your thoughts and look forward to continuing to represent all my constituents in Congress.
For additional information regarding current legislation and my representation of the Seventh District, I invite you to visit my website at http://www.long.house.gov.