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House Republicans Trip Over Each Other To Introduce Competing Bills To Defund Planned Parenthood [View all]

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Mitt Romney made his desire to defund Planned Parenthood a central part of his pro-life credentials during his failed presidential campaign ó but even though Romney didnít ascend to the White House, attacks on Planned Parenthood arenít fading away anytime soon. State level efforts to defund the womenís health organization are moving forward in Texas and Oklahoma, and members of the 133th Congress are so eager to introduce national legislation to block federal funds to Planned Parenthood that two Tennessee congresswomen both introduced identical versions of the same bill this week.

As the Huffington Post notes, Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Diane Black (R-TN) both hope to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding for their family planning and preventative health services, and rushed to introduce a bill to do so during the first few days of the legislative session. But perhaps they were a bit too eager, since both bills are actually exactly the same proposal:

Tennessee Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R) and Diane Black (R) separately reintroduced a bill during the first two days of the 2013 legislative session that would prohibit Title X family planning grants from being awarded to any organization that performs abortions. The bill, first introduced by former Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) in the 112th Congress, primarily targets Planned Parenthood, which receives about $340 million a year in Title X funds for non-abortion health and family planning services. Both bills amend Penceís original bill to include exceptions for rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother.

The day after Blackburn circulated her bill, Black introduced the same bill. One of Blackís staffers pointed out to HuffPost that her bill has the same number as Penceís original bill and said that Pence, the governor-elect of Indiana, had specifically given Black his blessing to carry it on. Blackís bill has 38 cosponsors and endorsements from all the same organizations that Blackburnís has.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/10/1428371/republicans-defund-planned-parenthood/

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