Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to deny Planned Parenthood federal dollars
in the form of Title X funds. Title X, signed into law in 1972, grants clinics money to perform cancer screenings and routine sexual health procedures on low-income women.
Pro-choice forces are galvanizing to oppose the measure in the U.S. Senate, where it's still pending. And tomorrow, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
, stops in St. Louis
to attend a rally against the measure.
Two pieces of legislation that passed in the House imperil funding for Planned Parenthood: One guts Title X's budget entirely, and another says that any entity that performs abortions, which Planned Parenthood does, is not eligible for Title X money
Abortions, though, aren't subsidized through Title X money. That money can only go toward preventive care, like cancer screenings or birth control.
Richards will appear at tomorrow's rally, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, 4251 Forest Park Avenue.