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Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act 2015 (S 51)

This law was last updated on Oct 2, 2018


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Federal

Number

S 51

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 7, 2015

Topics

Funding Restrictions for Family Planning

As of January 12, the bill text for S 51 has not been released. The below summary is based upon S 135 which was introduced by Sen. David Vitter and failed in 2013.

S 51 would amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes.

A similar bill (S 135) introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) in 2013 excluded an abortion where: (1) the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest; or (2) a physician certifies that the woman suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy. Excludes hospitals from such requirement so long as the hospital does not provide funds to any non-hospital entity that performs an abortion.

The bill text for S 51, however, is as yet unavailable so it is not yet known whether S 51 will contain similar exclusions.

According to Planned Parenthood:

Many Planned Parenthood health centers receive federal grants for family planning services through the Title X Family Planning Program, which helps all types of family planning health centers (not just Planned Parenthood) provide birth control, sex education, and other reproductive health services to low-income patients, helping to avert 1.1 million unintended pregnancies per year. [S 51] would block Planned Parenthood health centers from receiving this funding, which would cut women off from the basic preventive health care that they currently get at those health centers.


Related Legislation

Companion bill to HR 217.

Identical to H.R. 61, H.R. 217, and S. 135, which failed to pass during the 2013/2014 legislative sessions.


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