Rep. Diane Black, who’s led efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos allegedly showing discussions about the sale of aborted fetuses, says Democrats are tricking women into believing all female health services will be ended.
"The other side can't defend what's on these videos and so what they try to do is to confuse the subject," Black, a Tennessee Republican and registered nurse, said Monday to Dennis Michael Lynch, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," on Newsmax TV.
"And it does not at all take one single dime away from their health services. As a matter of fact, we add an additional $235 million to the coffers so that services … [not] provided by Planned Parenthood would actually be taken up."
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Black would shift Planned Parenthood's federal payments to the thousands of government-backed community health centers.
Black, a member of House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee, insisted there are "lots of opportunities" for women to get quality health services.
"If Planned Parenthood really, really cares that much about women's health services as opposed to abortion, and that was their priority, they would stop abortions because the bill says if they stop doing abortions they can get the funding," she said.
On Friday, the House voted 241-187 for the legislation, with just three Republicans and two Democrats defecting from their party lines.
Last month, the Senate blocked action on a bill that would strip the funds, though Democrats have enough votes to stop any effort to override a promised veto by President Barack Obama.
Several Republicans in both chambers have vowed to carry the fight further into the budget process, raising the possibility of a federal government shutdown.
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