GOP Continues Attack On Planned Parenthood, Abortion Funding
Politico: Mike Pence's War On Planned Parenthood
Abortion-rights advocates and abortion-rights opponents don't see eye to eye on much, but they do agree on this: Nobody hates Planned Parenthood quite as much as Mike Pence. The Indiana Republican is on a one-man crusade to deny all federal funding to the group - not just the money it gets for reproductive health and family planning services, but every penny it gets for anything (Kliff, 2/16).
National Journal: Panel Passes Pitts' Abortion Bill
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation today by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., that would limit federal funding on abortions, by a 33-19 vote. The legislation would restrict federal funding for abortions in any of the programs enacted as part of the health care reform law. It would also allow hospitals to refuse to perform abortions without the fear of losing federal funding. The bill would allow doctors to refuse abortion services even if the pregnancy threatens the woman's health, a component that abortion supporters say puts women's health at risk (Fung, 2/15).