Democratic Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore is continuing her push to keep Planned Parenthood funded, claiming reallocating the funds to other healthcare organizations that don’t perform abortions wouldn’t be an adequate option.
At a press conference held by the Congressional Black Caucus Monday, Moore said due to the length of time women are fertile throughout their lives, it can be difficult preventing pregnancy.
“That is a lot of time to prevent pregnancies, and it’s hard for me to believe that any woman would want to be pregnant every year for 35 years,” she said. “So women have been desperately in need for this healthcare remedy, which is why it has been such a strenuous effort to provide this life saving benefit to women.”
While Planned Parenthood receives close to half a billion dollars a year in federal funds, Moore says due to the Hyde Amendment none of that money goes toward abortions. Critics say the money indirectly funds the cause because money provided by private donors could be used for women’s healthcare instead of the procedure.
Planned Parenthood has recently come under fire after a series of videos allegedly showing doctors discussing selling fetal body parts for profit. Republican legislatures have since pushed to defund the organization, some even at the cost of a government shutdown.
Moore also said many women with unintended pregnancies carry out full-terms because they can’t afford the service.
“It has all kinds of implications on a family — not just financial, but emotional, social and the ability of a family to provide for their children really relies on that family being able to decide when and how many children and if they will have any children at all,” she said. “I don’t think we do children a favor by forcing women to give birth.”
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