Aderholt Statement on President Trump’s Plan to Cut Taxpayer Funding to Planned Parenthood
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement upon learning that President Trump plans to use his authority as President to deny Title X Family Planning funding to Planned Parenthood. The organization received an average of nearly $60 million annually from the program.
“I fully support President Trump’s decision to deny Title X Family Planning money to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. The House of Representatives has passed language to do just this, but as usual, it was stripped away in the Senate. President Trump is taking these actions after receiving a letter that I and other pro-life conservatives in the House recently signed to ask him to reinstate the common-sense Reagan-era restrictions of taxpayer dollars being used to support organizations that provide abortions.
“We only have to look to Planned Parenthood’s activities in our own state to see why they do not deserve federal funds. Just within the last few years, the clinic in Mobile performed two abortions in less than a year on a 14-year-old girl. She was clearly being sexually abused, but no one at Planned Parenthood notified authorities, as is required by law. For them, it was another routine abortion.
“There are plenty of health care providers, such as community and rural health centers, that provide the family planning needs of women and will be better stewards of the people’s tax dollars. I fully support President Trump’s decision to move forward with this initiative and appreciate his courage to finally acknowledge that family planning is not the same as abortion and that Planned Parenthood is not above reproach.”
In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.
For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.