Planned Parenthood CEO slams ban on federal abortion funding before Congress

As her organization is under investigation over allegations of selling aborted babies’ body parts, Cecile Richards claims the Hyde Amendment is discriminatory.
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Dustin Siggins By Dustin Siggins

Dustin Siggins By Dustin Siggins

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- A 39-year old law that bans federal funding for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother "discriminates against low-income women," says Planned Parenthood's CEO.

In her opening statement to the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, Cecile Richards said that "while the federal policy, in my opinion, discriminated against low-income women, no federal funds pay for abortion services at PP or anywhere else except in the very limited circumstances allowed by law."

Richards' comments are a reference to the Hyde Amendment, which has been a part of the annual Medicaid budget since 1976. Named for former Rep. Henry Hyde, R-IL, it has been a so-called "rider" for Medicaid funding that has long been opposed by the abortion industry.

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However, many federally-funded abortions get around the Hyde Amendment. At least four of the FDA's approved contraceptives double as abortifacients, including the popular intrauterine device -- and these drugs and devices are paid for domestically and in other countries by Title X and other funding.

Approximately one-fifth of Planned Parenthood's government funding is through the Title X program. Richards' comments came during a hearing about how Planned Parenthood uses its funding -- and whether some of those uses are illegal.

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