Sasse Statement on Planned Parenthood Funding Bill

“Planned Parenthood cannot hide its practices behind misleading slogans like ‘safe, legal, and rare.’”

August 3, 2015

Today, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding the Senate's failure to advance legislation that would redirect federal Planned Parenthood funds to other women's health providers.

"As a parent of three children, I watched today's vote with a heavy heart. While too many of my colleagues chose Planned Parenthood's empty euphemisms over scientific facts, Americans across the country are beginning an honest conversation about the dignity of human life.

"In light of recent videos, sincere people on both sides of the abortion debate should be able to agree that Planned Parenthood cannot hide its practices behind misleading slogans like ‘safe, legal, and rare.’

"I am grateful that a bipartisan majority of the Senate agrees with Nebraskans that we can protect mothers and babies and I look forward to continuing this important conversation."

Yesterday, Sasse authored an op-ed in The Omaha World-Herald, calling on well-meaning individuals on both sides of the abortion debate to take an honest look at recent Planned Parenthood videos.

Sasse is an original cosponsor of legislation that would have redirected taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—toward other federally qualified health centers that offer care to women and children.

In 2013, 36 community health centers served Nebraska—compared to two Planned Parenthood centers.

According to its own 2013-14 annual report, Planned Parenthood reported providing 327,653 abortions but only 18,684 prenatal services and only 1,880 adoption referrals—meaning that a pregnant woman walking into a Planned Parenthood facility was 174 times more likely to receive an abortion than an adoption referral. During that same time, Planned Parenthood received $528.4 million in government health services grants and reimbursements.