Friday, February 25, 2011

RE: Defund Planned Parenthood

The Honorable Robert Casey
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Casey,

As per your biography, you "graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 1982 and spent the following year teaching fifth grade and coaching eighth grade basketball in inner city Philadelphia for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps." That very same year, the young woman who became my wife volunteered full time in Center City for Mercy Corps, working with formerly homeless women. Spending much time in Philly's small, social circle of full time Catholic volunteers, it's highly likely that you and we crossed paths and/or knew people in common.


In that small circle of idealists of a quarter century ago, we spoke fondly of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker; Dorothy had died in 1980. While we recognized Dorothy as a great champion of impoverished people, few of us were aware of her disdain for manipulative, wrongheaded efforts that disrespected their human dignity.

  • "Day After Day - November 1933": "....Mrs. A. with her four children and unemployed husband living on $1.50 a week, is trapped by economic circumstances and everyone is so indifferent that it took three or four afternoons of Mike Gunn’s time to see to it that the Home Relief came to the rescue....Three little pigs are crowded into a too-small cage, the case is brought into court, the judge’s findings in the case being that pigs should not be crowded the way subway riders are. And a family of eight children, mother and father, are crowded in three rooms and the consensus of opinion is that they’re lucky to have that and why don’t they practice birth control anyway...."
  • "The Family vs Capitalism", January 1936: "....it is to the re-creation of the Catholic family, that microcosm of society and type of the Mystical Body, that we must look now if we expect later generations in this country to see Catholicism, instead of Marxism, a vital force in the nation, if we hope to maintain 'the freedom of the children of God' against the diabolic forces of fascism. if we wish our posterity to enjoy the peace which is their heritage from Christ instead of the strife of wars and hatreds between nations and classes...in New York..., there is no diocesan provision whatsoever for the poor who are trying to observe the teachings of the Church against birth control and raise families despite their economic circumstances! We would suggest that as a first, even though inadequate, step toward realizing out ideals of family life our Catholic lay-people and clergy show the sincerity of their conviction by raising their voices in loud agitation for Catholic provision of such care."
  • "Disgraceful Plight Of Migrant Workers On California Farms", May 1940: "....I must say that my first view of the government camps made me anything but happy....Margaret Sanger has sent her agents around, and there are birth control clinics at every camp....Here there is room indeed for farming communes, for missions modeled on those the Franciscans started in the beginnings of California. As it is, there is nothing so beautiful that man has made in the entire state as the remains of those very missions which non-Catholic as well as Catholic point out with pride. Here there is room for personal responsibility, for the 'Christ’s room' in every house and on every ranch that the early Father’s talked of, instead of leaving everything to the government, which in spite of all they have done that is good, still think in terms of corporation farming and birth control clinics for the rural proletariat."
  • "On Pilgrimage - July/August 1962": "....I seldom speak at state universities or non-Catholic colleges without the question of overpopulation, birth control, abortion, and euthanasia coming up. The entire question of man’s control over the life of others, over the life forces within man, is one of the most profound importance today...."
  • "On Pilgrimage - September 1963": "....It is one thing not to judge others, and it is still another thing to expect men and women to live according to right reason, to seek wisdom and live by it....there has been a pamphlet published in England by the Quakers which is said to condone premarriage sexual intercourse 'if the parties are responsible.' My reaction to this is that of a woman who must think in terms of the family, the need of the child to have both mother and father, who believes strongly that the home is the unit of society. Sex is a profound force, having to do with life, the forces of creation which make man god-like. He shares in the power of the Creator, and, when sex is treated lightly, as a means of pleasure, I can only consider that woman is used as a plaything, not as a person....the act of sex in its right order in the love life of the individual has been used in Old and New Testament as the symbol of the love between God and Man. Sexual love in its intensity makes all things new and one sees the other as God sees him...."
  • "Chastity," 12/10/66: "How presumptuous it is to try to treat of such a subject in a short article, when great books (like Dietrich von Hildebrand's In Defense of Purity ) have been written on the subject....the marriage act purged of impurities is the nearest thing to the beatific vision we can know....To offer the suffering of celibacy, temporary or permanent, to the Lord is to make use, in the best possible way, of man's greatest joy...."
  • "On Pilgrimage - December 1972": "....birth control and abortion are genocide...."
  • "On Pilgrimage - May 1980": "....I have lost my sister, who had always been my closest friend and confidante....One difference of opinion between my sister and me came strongly to my mind a few nights ago as I watched, on television, the story of Margaret Sanger....My sister...went to work for Margaret Sanger, whom she revered as a great pioneer. After Della’s own marriage, she had three beautiful children, and, as she explained to me 'We are true believers in planned parenthood, and only had those to whom we could give five years of college, or even more for research.' When she went on to exhort me on another occasion, that I should not urge, as a catholic, Tamar, my daughter, to have so many children, I got up firmly and walked out of the house...."

When I called your office the other day, it was disturbing to hear your young aide spout the supposed benefits of Planned Parenthood's self-serving promotion of contraceptives. Your dad and Dorothy Day would have been appalled. Please do not let the memory of your late, great dad's noble fight in Casey v. Planned Parenthood become muddled with Casey for Planned Parenthood in our own time. Embracing that great heritage of your dad and Dorothy Day, please defund Planned Parenthood. Also, please co-sponsor and support

Sincerely,

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Conscience Protection & the Catholic Health Association

His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Chairman
USCCB Committee on Pro-life Activities
Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, President
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Your Emminence & your Excellency:

When Cardinal DiNardo reminded us that H.R. 361, Abortion Non-Discrimination Act "is urgently needed to protect the civil rights of health professionals and other health care entities" (1/20/11), his words could not have been more timely. Conscience protection is absolutely under assault:

  • As per a 2/4/11 report on LifeNews.com, "On March 10, 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services ('HHS') under President Obama issued a 'notice of proposed rule making' to rescind the conscience protection regulations promulgated by President Bush."
  • As per a 2/8/11 report on EWTN, "Catholic health care workers are facing a worldwide erosion of spiritual and moral standards in their profession....'In the United States, the biggest problem that Catholic nurses are facing is the ability to use their conscience,' said Marylee Meehan, president of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical-Social Assistants....In addition to abortion and euthanasia, the committee is seeing concerns related to 'children's condoms,' in-vitro fertilization, AIDS transmission and the concept of bearing children as a 'right.' There are also questions about adequate medical attention for the elderly. Amid the many issues that assail the nurse's conscience today, 'it takes extreme courage to be a Catholic living the Catholic life in their professional environment,' said Meehan."
  • As per a 2/18/11 report on the ChristianNewsWire, "The 16,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA) today protested the decision of the Obama administration to weaken the only federal regulation protecting the exercise of conscience in health care."

Sadly, conscience protection legislation will do us little good, if authentic Catholic teaching on medical and life issues is not better disseminated, and Catholics are not open to the Holy Spirit's emboldening them to do what is right. Some who should be our allies in promoting authentic Catholic health care seem to instead be giving aid and comfort to the enemies of life. For example,

  • Catholic Healthcare West recently "issued $1.2 million in grants or organizations in central California....The grants include donations to Planned Parenthood and Women’s Health Specialists, both of which do abortions" (LifeNews.com, 1/28/11).
  • The current issue of U.S. Catholic evidences utter confusion about the responsibility for forming consciences according to Church teaching. It even cites the recent defiance of Catholic teaching at St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, as though it were a legitimate implementation of Catholic teaching.
  • As per the documentary, “28 Days on the Pill,” it is routine for potentially abortifacient, hormonal contraceptives to be prescribed in Catholic hospitals in the United States: “what the official teaching is and what is done in practice can be two different things.” If accurate, this would appear to be a direct and grievous violation of Directive #52 of the USCCB's Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs).
  • As per Professor Leonard J. Nelson, III, adeherance to the ERDs "has been uneven when it comes to contraception and sterilization. Typically, obstetrician-gynecologists practicing in Catholic hospitals and physician office buildings owned by Catholic hospitals provide prescriptions for contraceptives to their patients" (p. 53). Professor Nelson maintains that "any argument in favor of exemption from laws requiring a hospital to provide these services may be substantially undermined by the fact that the Catholic hospital is already, in some fashion, involved in either providing those services - as in the case of sterilizations - or involved in partnerships with entities providing such services" (pp. 132, 137).

Directive 36 of the ERDs outlines situations in which so-called "emergency contraception" (aka, the morning after pill) could be morally used for women who report themselves to be victims of sexual assault - IF such medication was not abortifacient. Yet the Catholic Medical Association 2003's "Resolution in favor of prohibiting all 'emergency contraception' in Catholic Hospitals" indicates the assumptions for acceptable use to be unrealistic:

  • "Whereas women who are victims of a sexual assault should be treated with compassion and provided with all the legitimate means to prevent health consequences from the assault, And
  • "Whereas pregnancy is a rare outcome of rape, occurring in less that 5% of cases, And
  • "Whereas ample evidence exists that 'emergency contraception' which can be given up to 120 hours after the act, adversely affects the function of the corpus luteum and affects endometrial development, making implantation of the blastocyst less likely, And
  • "Whereas 'emergency contraception' given prior to ovulation does not consistently prevent ovulation or pregnancy, and still has an effect on the corpus luteum and the endometrium, preventing implantation,
  • "Therefore be it resolved that 'emergency contraception' is a misnomer as it does not consistently prevent fertilization, And
  • "Therefore, be it further resolved that as 'emergency contraception' has the potential to prevent implantation whether given in the pre-ovulatory, ovulatory, or post-ovulatory phase, that it cannot be ethically employed by a Catholic physician or administered in a Catholic Hospital in cases of rape."

When specifically asked in 2008 whether there could be exceptions for so-called "emergency contraception" (aka, the morning after pill) in cases of rape, the response from the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life certainly appeared to confirm the position of the Catholic Medical Association: "It is not able to prevent the rape. But it is able to eliminate the embryo. It is thus the second negative intervention on the woman (the first being the rape itself)." Later that year, Section 23 of Dignitas Personae appeared to confirm that answer. After distinguishing interceptives from contragestatives, Dignitas Personae stated that "the use of means of interception and contragestation fall within the sin of abortion and are gravely immoral." While there was absolutely no discussion of exceptions, the Catholic Health Association's "Talking Points" was dismissive of this Vatican document, as well as of the positions of the Catholic Medical Association and the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life:

  • "implementation of Directive 36 of the Ethical and Religious Directives remains unchanged. Plan B, the medication of choice for emergency contraception, does not appear to have a post-fertilization effect, given the results of repeated scientific studies....The document is unlikely to have much of an impact on Catholic hospitals because these hospitals do not employ the procedures addressed in the document."
We are fast approaching the 6th anniversary of the death by forced starvation of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. Since Section 120 of the Vatican's 1995 Charter for Health Care Workers had clearly stated that "The administration of food and liquids, even artificially, is part of the normal treatment always due to the patient when this is not burdensome for him: their undue suspension could be real and properly so-called euthanasia," I struggle to understand why so much confusion reigned at that time with regard to Catholic teaching and why it took till 2009 for this to be incorporated into Directive #58 of the ERDs.

As per the Holy Father's Message for this month's World Day of the Sick,

  • "'....A society unable to accept its suffering members and incapable of helping to share their suffering and to bear it inwardly through 'compassion' is a cruel and inhuman society’ (Encyclical letter Spe salvi, n. 38)....during the course of the pastoral visit to Turin, I was able to pause in reflection and prayer before the Holy Shroud, before that suffering face, which invites us to reflect on He who took upon himself the passion of man, of every time and place, even our sufferings, our difficulties, our sins....I send an affectionate greeting to...all those who dedicate themselves with love to treating and relieving the wounds of every sick brother and sister in hospitals or nursing homes and in families: in the faces of the sick you should know how to see always the Face of faces: that of Christ."

Amidst its vast bureaucracy, the Catholic Health Association seems to have lost this vision of Catholic health care. I fully support the American Life League's request that that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops disassociate itself from the Catholic Health Association.

Sincerely in Christ,

Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Fewer Americans get annulments. Is it because fewer are getting married in the church at all?"

In just the past few days, I've come across two thought-provoking articles by John Allen of the National [So-Called] Catholic Reporter -

As per the second,

  • "Every year, Pope Benedict XVI gives a speech to the judges of the Roman Rota, a Vatican court that mainly handles marriage cases. He usually includes a warning about handing out annulments too easily, and Americans invariably assume that he's talking about them. On this matter they may have a point: Vatican statistics say that more than 60% of annulments come from the United States....
  • "These days, the most common criticism comes from conservative circles within the church, and it's usually directed at the U.S.: America, they charge, is an annulment factory that undercuts church teaching on marriage. That's probably the background to Benedict's recent speech, in which he asserted that no one has a 'right' to marriage. He called for pastors to do a better job preparing people to marry, so there would be less demand for annulments. In light of these papal warnings, church courts have become a bit more rigorous, and parishes are more careful about remarrying people who have had annulments—not wanting them to make a habit of it....
  • "things are already trending the way Benedict seems to want, though not necessarily for reasons likely to give him cheer. Since 2006, according to the Canon Law Society of America, both the number of cases filed and the number of annulments granted have been gradually declining. That may be partly because courts have become tougher. But it's probably more related to the fact that fewer Catholics are getting married in the church, and fewer of those who are bother to seek an annulment if their marriage breaks down."

Congressman Fitzpatrick - THANK YOU for Voting to Defund Planned Parenthood!

The Honorable Michael Fitzpatrick
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Fitzpatrick:

I am delighted to learn of your "aye" in yesterday's roll call vote, to stand with Rep. Pence in efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. A long struggle remains, and your co-sponsorship and support of HR 217, Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, is still absolutely needed. I know that many of your constituents are deeply grateful for yesterday's vote, as well as your co-sponsorhip of H.R. 3, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

In addition to HR 217, I request that you add your name as a co-sponsor and support these pieces of legislation:

  • H.R. 358, Protect Life Act: "I...urge members of both parties who support rights of conscience and the policy of the Hyde amendment to support and co-sponsor the Protect Life Act. Please help give us a reformed health care system that respects the life, health and conscience of all" (Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB, 1/20/11).
  • H.R. 361, Abortion Non-Discrimination Act: "Passage of ANDA is urgently needed to protect the civil rights of health professionals and other health care entities. This bill reaffirms a basic principle: No health care entity should be forced by government to perform or participate in abortions" (Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB, 1/20/11).
  • H.R. 374, Life at Conception Act, would specify that "The terms `human person' and `human being' include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being."
Also, I request that you add your signature to those of Representatives Forbes and McIntyre in requesting that Attorney General Eric Holder "vigorously... enforce federal obscenity laws."

Sincerely,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Planned Parenthood's "Choice Chil Cook-Off"

Senator Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr.
Senate Box 203010
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Dear Senator McIlhinney,

According to the February issue of the ProLife Union's newsletter, you (along with Rep Tina Davis, Rep Frank Farry, & Rep Steve Santarsiero) were to be a guest at Planned Parenthood's "Choice Chil Cook-Off" on February 5th. As you have long been "one of Planned Parenthood's own" it is no wonder that they should want to honor you! However, your pro abortion stance is not compatible with being a Catholic.

Sincerely,

Senators Casey & Toomey, Please Support ProLife/ProFamily Efforts & Legislation

The Honorable Robert Casey
The Honorable Patrick Toomey
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510


Dear Senators Casey & Toomey,

Please co-sponsor and support

In addition, I request that you add your signature to a letter requesting that Attorney General Eric Holder "vigorously... enforce federal obscenity laws."

Sincerely,

Congressman, Please Co-Sponsor & Support ProLife/ProFamily Efforts & Legislation

The Honorable Michael Fitzpatrick
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Fitzpatrick:

Thank you for your co-sponsorhip of H.R. 3, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. I am requesting that you add your name as a co-sponsor and support these pieces of legislation:

In addition, I request that you add your signature to those of Representatives Forbes and McIntyre in requesting that Attorney General Eric Holder "vigorously... enforce federal obscenity laws."


Sincerely,

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Life at Conception Act (S. 91)

Dear Senator Casey & Senator Toomey,

While a number of pro life individuals are doubting that Senator Casey shares our values (See the forwarded email below.), I hope that you will both co-sponsor and fully support the Life at Conception Act (S. 91), which makes clear that "The terms ‘human person’ and ‘human being’ include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including, but not limited to, the moment of fertilization, cloning, and other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being."

Sincerely,







From:

Brian Burch - CatholicVote.org



Date sent

02/03/2011 12:02:34 pm



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Senate Votes on Repeal







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Dear Friend of CV,

We got our vote.

Last night, Senate Republicans successfully forced a vote on the repeal of Obamacare. The result – 47 votes to repeal vs. 51 votes to keep the disastrous law.

Some called this vote merely symbolic. We call it evidence.


We pushed hard for this vote regardless of the expected outcome because voters deserve to know exactly where their elected officials stand – especially after last November. Three months ago we sent our leaders in Washington a message – stop spending, stop funding abortion, and start coming up with new ways to help our country that don’t involve massive new counterproductive government programs that we can’t afford.

Apparently not every Senator got the message.

In fact, 23 Senators who voted again for Obamacare will face the voters 2012. Their vote on Wednesday will not be forgotten.

Yet, some of our members continue to misunderstand our position. “Isn’t healthcare for all a good thing?” Yes, we share that goal! But how we accomplish that goal remains the key question.

A massive new government-first solution is not the only way to achieve reform on healthcare – or the solution to many of the troublesome domestic issues facing our country. The alternatives to Obamacare are not as easy to explain, because they involve unleashing the creativity, innovation, and charity of citizens instead of bureaucrats (including big insurance company bureaucrats!).

Call us naïve, but we think Americans are capable of coming up with something better. We need a new framework for solving our healthcare needs that puts power in the hands of consumers (you and me) that will result in lower costs, better care, and – healthcare for all.

Some economists have remarked that the earth’s greatest resource is the human person. Using our intelligence and hard work, we have managed to innovate and lower the cost of nearly every product and service Americans need. And if the costs of some things are still too high, you can bet new ways are being explored, tested, and risked to bring those costs down. Food, energy, clothing, housing, you name it.

So why is health care any different? Simple: Because Big Government and Big Insurance are stifling real change.

Politicians who boast of the virtues of Obamacare are really saying something insulting. In sum, they believe we Americans are too stupid, irresponsible, and cannot be trusted to make the right decisions with our money. In short – we aren’t good enough to be free.

We disagree. This creative power of freedom is what makes America great.

And why we intend to fight on to keep it so.

Sincerely,

Brian Burch, President
CatholicVote.org


P.S. While we will continue to argue that a full repeal of Obamacare is critical, we will press forward with efforts to strip the law of abortion funding and its other onerous provisions.

On that front, a new video released this week shows an employee at a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey advising private undercover investigators on how to run their phony prostitution business and provide abortions to underage girls. Remember, Planned Parenthood receives over $300 million in taxpayer funding every year, and stands to gain big time from Obamacare funding! We must de-fund Planned Parenthood now.

We strongly encourage you to learn more about this undercover investigation and what you can do about it on a special webcast tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST. Check it out at ExposePlannedParenthood.org.


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From:
Brian Burch - CatholicVote.org
Date sent
02/03/2011 12:02:34 pm

Subject:
Senate Votes on Repeal




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Dear Friend of CV,

We got our vote.

Last night, Senate Republicans successfully forced a vote on the repeal of Obamacare. The result – 47 votes to repeal vs. 51 votes to keep the disastrous law.

Some called this vote merely symbolic. We call it evidence.


We pushed hard for this vote regardless of the expected outcome because voters deserve to know exactly where their elected officials stand – especially after last November. Three months ago we sent our leaders in Washington a message – stop spending, stop funding abortion, and start coming up with new ways to help our country that don’t involve massive new counterproductive government programs that we can’t afford.

Apparently not every Senator got the message.

In fact, 23 Senators who voted again for Obamacare will face the voters 2012. Their vote on Wednesday will not be forgotten.

Yet, some of our members continue to misunderstand our position. “Isn’t healthcare for all a good thing?” Yes, we share that goal! But how we accomplish that goal remains the key question.

A massive new government-first solution is not the only way to achieve reform on healthcare – or the solution to many of the troublesome domestic issues facing our country. The alternatives to Obamacare are not as easy to explain, because they involve unleashing the creativity, innovation, and charity of citizens instead of bureaucrats (including big insurance company bureaucrats!).

Call us naïve, but we think Americans are capable of coming up with something better. We need a new framework for solving our healthcare needs that puts power in the hands of consumers (you and me) that will result in lower costs, better care, and – healthcare for all.

Some economists have remarked that the earth’s greatest resource is the human person. Using our intelligence and hard work, we have managed to innovate and lower the cost of nearly every product and service Americans need. And if the costs of some things are still too high, you can bet new ways are being explored, tested, and risked to bring those costs down. Food, energy, clothing, housing, you name it.

So why is health care any different? Simple: Because Big Government and Big Insurance are stifling real change.

Politicians who boast of the virtues of Obamacare are really saying something insulting. In sum, they believe we Americans are too stupid, irresponsible, and cannot be trusted to make the right decisions with our money. In short – we aren’t good enough to be free.

We disagree. This creative power of freedom is what makes America great.

And why we intend to fight on to keep it so.

Sincerely,

Brian Burch, President
CatholicVote.org


P.S. While we will continue to argue that a full repeal of Obamacare is critical, we will press forward with efforts to strip the law of abortion funding and its other onerous provisions.

On that front, a new video released this week shows an employee at a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey advising private undercover investigators on how to run their phony prostitution business and provide abortions to underage girls. Remember, Planned Parenthood receives over $300 million in taxpayer funding every year, and stands to gain big time from Obamacare funding! We must de-fund Planned Parenthood now.

We strongly encourage you to learn more about this undercover investigation and what you can do about it on a special webcast tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST. Check it out at ExposePlannedParenthood.org.


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

You Can Save Us $363 Million EVER YEAR - Here's How

Dear Congressman Fitzpatrick, Senator Casey, & Senator Twomey,

In the December 21st issue of the Bucks County Courier Times, a guest opinion writer suggested that "Planned Parenthood's use of tax money deserves scrutiny," maintaining that there had been minimal media coverage of Planned Parenthood's "grossly overcharging the federal government and/or states for contraception and other services." As you are no doubt aware, a video is currently being circulated by LiveAction.org of what appears to constitute illegal activity at a Planned Parenthood in nearby Shrewsbury, New Jersey (Monmouth County). I am hereby requesting that you support efforts to immediately freeze all funding of Planned Parenthood.

In its in its annual report, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) acknowledges $1.2 billion in total assets (p. 28) and $1.1 billion in annual revenue from "Health Center Income," "Government Grants and Contracts," "Private Contributions and Requests," "Support from Affiliates," and "Other Operating Revenue" (p. 29). Upon introducing HR 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, Rep. Mike Pence noted that

  • "It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad. Last year, Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in revenue from government grants and contracts. During that same time, they performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions."

I request that you support HR 217 and its senate counterpart, as well as all efforts to end funding for Planned Parenthood.

Sincerely,

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