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Dem says taking taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood would 'negatively' affect 'too many lives

Republicans want to strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood, but one Democratic senator says that would "negatively" affect "too many lives." (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) faced sharp reaction when she claimed Tuesday that removing taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood would “negatively” affect “too many lives."

"I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: funding for Planned Parenthood is not negotiable. Too many lives would be negatively impacted,” Gillibrand wrote.

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Gillibrand’s reference to Planned Parenthood funding comes as congressional Republicans work to fulfill a promise they have made for years: To repeal Obamacare and replace it with a customer-centered, free market solution.

One of the contentious points of debating a new health care law is whether or not the government should continue to funnel hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The organization received more than $500 million in taxpayer money last year, which constituted 41 percent of its annual revenue.

Democrats argue Planned Parenthood provides vital health care services to women, like birth control and cancer screenings. So removing government funding would adversely affect the women Planned Parenthood services, they argue. Republicans, on the other hand, generally view Planned Parenthood as an abortion factory, and as such, it should not be funded by taxpayers in any way.

According to Planned Parenthood’s 2015-16 annual report, the organization provided women nationwide with 328,348 abortions. That means the organization ended the lives of 1,059-1,076 unborn children each day, considering most Planned Parenthood clinics are open 305-310 days each year. They are closed on Sundays and eight holidays.

That fact alone led many to take issue with Gillibrand’s claim that cutting taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood would negatively affect “too many lives."

While others questioned why Planned Parenthood needs federal funding if they are able to donate to political campaigns:

Indeed, according to reports, Planned Parenthood spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in trying to elect Democrat Jon Ossoff to Congress. Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in a special election earlier this month for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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