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Womens eNews - Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:25 GMT
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Planned Parenthood Funding Safe On April 9, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, thanked politicians and supporters for safeguarding Planned Parenthood funding from getting cut in the 2011 U.S. budget compromise bill reached late on April 8. But Keenan decried lawmakers for reinstating a ban that denies Washington, D.C.'s local leaders the option of using locally raised funds to provide abortion care to low-income women. The Senate voted down a bill to defund Planned Parenthood with a vote 53 to 47, along party lines, on April 14. The bill was not expected to pass the Democratic-led Senate after Republicans insisted a vote be made. Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray and six Council members were among 41 people arrested April 11 outside the Capitol while protesting the limits imposed by the budget compromise. Seven hours later, they were released from jail, the Associated Press reported. Overseas family planning programs lost money in the budget compromise, reported the San Francisco Examiner. The agreement slashes funding for Title X of the Public Health Service Act by ${esc.dollar}17 million and international family planning by ${esc.dollar}73 million, including a ${esc.dollar}15 million cut to the United Nations Population Fund. Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., meanwhile, drew some mockery from late-night TV comics after saying his comments about Planned Parenthood were "not intended to be a factual statement." Last week the Republican senator from Arizona claimed that Planned Parenthood devotes more than 90 percent of its resources to providing abortions, Online Journal reported. In fact, Planned Parenthood devotes approximately 3 percent of its resources to abortion. No federal funding goes directly to abortion services.   Would you like to Comment but not sure how? Visit our help page at Would you like to Send Along a Link of This Story? Find the full weekly news wrap up here

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