Planned Parenthood on edge after House votes to defund group

Planned Parenthood branches in Connecticut and nationwide are facing an uncertain future after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday to defund the

NEW HAVEN - Planned Parenthood branches in Connecticut and nationwide are facing an uncertain future after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday to defund the organization and to eliminate Title X provisions of the Public Health Service Act, the federal family planning program.

Southern New England Planned Parenthood CEO Judith Tabar says the move comes as no surprise.

"Ever since the House leadership was chosen, we knew that they would pursue a radical political agenda designed to eliminating access to family planning and abortion," she says.

In an interview with Politico, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who has spearheaded the attack on Planned Parenthood, said his vendetta is with the organization's abortion services.

However, Tabar says 90 percent of Planned Parenthood's services involve sex education and providing expert advice for young women in need of guidance.

The U.S. Senate has until March 4 to vote on the bill. Planned Parenthood employees say they expect the legislation to fail.

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