December 30, 2009

Senator Huelskamp to Continue Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

FOWLER – Sen. Tim Huelskamp (R-Fowler) announced today that he will continue his previous efforts to defund Planned Parenthood of the taxpayer funding they receive from the state of Kansas. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States and promotes abortion as a means of “family planning” and routinely uses taxpayer dollars to fund their operations.

Huelskamp led the effort to remove the funding in last year’s legislative session. His measure passed the legislature, but was vetoed by Governor Parkinson.

“This is the right thing to do,” Huelskamp said. “Organizations that perform abortions and fail to report sexual abuse of young girls should never receive taxpayer subsidies. This flies in the face of basic Kansas values.”

Sen. Huelskamp also believes that cutting funding to groups like Planned Parenthood will help establish a responsible threshold for spending public dollars. Planned Parenthood has received approximately $1.2 million over the last four years in Kansas, including a dramatic 23% spike in funding from 2008 to 2009 at the same time that revenues were sharply in decline.

“Continuing to fund Planned Parenthood is every bit as embarrassing as funding ACORN. We need to get serious and let them know that they are no longer welcome at the public trough.”

If successful, Kansas would join multiple states and localities across the country in defunding Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars.

The legislative session begins January 11, 2010.

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