Thursday, February 5, 2009

PFA Might Be Worse Than FOCA

Don't let FOCA distract you from other issues that may even be greater threats to the pro-life movement. The Prevention First Act might be one of those.
Some pro-life leaders warn that activism against the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is distracting attention from its “evil twin,” the Prevention First Act (PFA). The PFA provides more taxpayer funding for contraception and abortion and contains coercive elements which could deny federal funding to some pro-life hospitals.

Patrick Daub, writing in the American Life League’s Nov. 19 STOPP Report, said that the PFA would make Title X family planning a permanent program and fund it at $700 million or more. In 2008 it received only $300 million.

Title X is a major source of funding for Planned Parenthood. In 2008 the organization received about 25 percent of the total funding, $75 million. Under the new rules, it could receive $175 million.

At present, Title X is a temporary program which must be renewed every year.

PFA would mandate that health insurance programs that cover prescriptions must cover abortifacient contraceptives.

According to Daub, the proposal would create a government program to promote abortifacient “emergency contraception” and would deny federal funding to hospitals which do not provide “emergency contraception” to rape victims.

Further, it would provide significant funding for “comprehensive” sex education programs like those promoted by Planned Parenthood and specifically exclude “abstinence-only” programs from its budget. The PFA would also permanently include “family planning services” as part of the Medicaid program.

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