USA Today: Family planning budgets in crisis before Planned Parenthood controversy

USA Today: Family planning budgets in crisis before Planned Parenthood controversy

By Liz Szabo and Laura Ungar

Abortion opponents, outraged by a series of hidden-camera videos that depict Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue donation, have called for Congress to investigate Planned Parenthood and strip the organization of the more than $500 million in federal funding it receives each year. But the controversy over federal funding for Planned Parenthood surfaced long before the videos emerged.

Title X money is not used to pay for abortions and many of the clinics that receive such funds don’t provide abortion. Some critics of the Title X program oppose funding clinics that provide abortion, even if federal money goes for other services, such as treating sexually transmitted infections, said Susan Fogel, director of reproductive health at the National Health Law Program. The fear is that funding these clinics in any way ultimately frees up money for abortion, she said. Read the full article here. »

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