Beginning in the new congress, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), who is running in the state’s gubernatorial race, may be the biggest threat to the pro-choice, Planned Parenthood lobby in Washington DC. Vitter has proposed four piece of legislation that the media is already lambasting as “anti-choice” and discriminatory.
Vitter’s most prominent piece of pro-life legislation is his effort to end federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider. Currently, Planned Parenthood receives federal funding through the disguise of “family planning funds.” However, those federal dollars, which are ultimately the taxpayers’, is going towards abortion procedures.
Naturally, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards came and out smeared Vitter’s efforts to end federal tax dollars funding abortion as a way of trying to deprive women of medical services.
This isn’t Vitter’s first effort to expose Planned Parenthood.
Back in 2013, Vitter requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate the abortion provider to see how the organization was spending their $542 million in tax dollars.
Also, Vitter has introduced legislation that will require all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This rule was most recently signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, and helped close a few of the states lone abortion clinics.
Vitter has another bill that will ban abortions which are performed on the basis of gender, an issue that arised a couple of years ago. Currently, gender-selective abortions are legal. Another bill will no longer mandate that hospitals, doctors and nurses must provide or participate in abortion services.