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March 21, 2011

Pence Contradicts His Own Voting Record

Anti-choice lawmaker tries to run away from his votes to eliminate funding for birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said she is mystified by Rep. Mike Pence’s (R-Ind.) false assertions that his campaign to defund Planned Parenthood and other family-planning centers is not an attack on Americans’ access to contraception, cancer screenings, or other basic health care.

According to, Pence made the following comments during a radio interview: “I've never advocated reducing funding for Title X.” He also added, “Title X clinics do important work in our inner cities. They provide health services for women and children that might not otherwise have access to them."

“Mike Pence is lying when he says he’s never tried to defund family-planning services.  He voted for legislation that eliminated funding for that very program,” Keenan said. “Clearly, Pence is feeling the political heat for being the head cheerleader for an over-reaching agenda that would take away millions of Americans’ access to contraception, cancer screenings, and health-care services.”

Not all family-planning centers are in the inner cities, as Rep. Pence implies. In fact, Title X clinics serve women in every state in the country, including some of the nation’s most rural: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. In fact, in 2008, family-planning programs provided care to 39,800 women in his home state of Indiana.

On February 18, the House adopted Pence’s amendment to the continuing resolution, or CR, that would eliminate funding for preventive-health services, including contraception and cancer screenings, at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. That same legislation also zeroed out funding for Title X, the national family-planning program.

Find out more information about Title X and other family-planning services.

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