Update: Planned Parenthood’s Budget

Originally posted at Female Impersonator

Luckily the Senate voted down the ridiculous bill passed by the House of Representatives that would have cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. But women’s health advocates can’t celebrate just yet.

“As the negotiations for the spending bill continue, it’s clear that social conservatives want to ban funding for Planned Parenthood in future spending (negotiations),” said Planned Parenthood Federation of America spokesperson Tait Sye.

The organization also faces a longer-term funding threat in H.R.3, the “Stupak on Steroids” bill, for which congressional subcommittee hearings are set for March 16.

That bill blocks private insurance plans from covering abortion care in the new health care system and imposes tax penalties on small business owners and many other individuals who purchase private insurance plans that cover abortion care. The legislation now has 219 co-sponsors, enough votes to pass the House.

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