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H.R. 217 – Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act

H.R. 217 would amend Title X of the Public Health Service Act to state that any entity receiving funds through the Act must certify "that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion."

If passed, the legislation would stop federal family planning money from being given to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

According to a Government Accountability Office report, Planned Parenthood received over $657 million in federal grants and contracts from 2002 to 2009, much of it through the Title X program. Planned Parenthood’s own annual report for 2013 revealed that it received $528 million in federal and state taxpayer funds from various programs in just that one year.

H.R. 217 was also numbered H.R. 217 in the last Congress (2015-2016).


The complete text of the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act may be found at


H.R. 217 is sponsored by Congresswoman Diane Black (TN-6). A list of the bill’s co-sponsors may be found at


1-3-17 H.R. 217 introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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