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Dr. Bucshon Provides Facts on Planned Parenthood

On Friday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, a bill that redirects federal funds from Planned Parenthood to federally qualified health centers and rural health centers that provide more comprehensive health services and do not perform abortions.

Watch the video by clicking here:  The text is available in full below.

“With all due respect, a radical agenda is protecting an organization that dismembers body parts and sells them for a profit.

“Madam Speaker, for the record I’m probably the only member in this body to have operated on babies as young as 23 weeks gestation. In fact, the smallest baby I operated on weighed only 650 grams.

“As a physician, I spent my career caring for my patients regardless of their situation, so I take access to healthcare very seriously.

“I find it troubling that the other side, most of whom have never spent a day caring for patients, continue to mislead the American people about the facts on Planned Parenthood.  

“Here are a few.

“By its own statistics, Planned Parenthood only treats two percent of the nation’s women for any reason.

“Planned Parenthood doesn’t offer women some basic primary care.  

“It doesn’t even provide services like mammograms, cardiovascular blood tests, or bone mass measurements.

“Over the past 10 years, Planned Parenthood cut cancer screenings by half, while increasing abortion services by 40 percent.  

“Across the country, 13,000 federally qualified or rural health centers can provide basic health services, compared to 700 Planned Parenthood facilities that really don’t provide these services at all.

“Madam Speaker, tax payers should not be forced to fund this organization, when we have so many other alternatives.”

In a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on Thursday, Dr. Bucshon raised important questions regarding the lack of basic primary healthcare services provided at Planned Parenthood. That video can be found here -

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.