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Blunt, Senators Introduce Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act

January 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa), and 30 of their Senate colleagues, reintroduced legislation to prevent any taxpayer dollars from going to the nation’s single largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood.  

“No American taxpayer should be forced to fund abortions or abortion providers,” said Blunt. “A majority of Americans agree that abortion is not the right place to spend federal tax dollars. This bill will ensure that every dollar taken away from the nation’s largest abortion provider will go toward women’s health care through community health centers and other providers that offer more comprehensive treatment services.” 

“We must fight to protect the most vulnerable of our society, the unborn,” said Ernst. “Iowans, and all Americans, should not be forced to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider with their hard-earned tax dollars. This legislation will put an end to this practice and redirect those funds to eligible women's health care providers.”  

The Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act prohibits taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. Instead, the bill redirects those funds to other eligible women's health care providers while ensuring there is no reduction in federal funding for women’s health services.  

Specifically, the Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act:

  • Prohibits federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliate organizations;
  • Forbids Planned Parenthood from being eligible for any federal dollars, including through mandatory expenditures or unobligated funding of individual agencies;
  • Protects federal funding for health services for women, including diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postnatal care, immunizations, cervical and breast cancer screenings and more; and,
  • Ensures there is no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women’s health. 

Background:

In 2016, Planned Parenthood received $543.7 million in combined federal, state and local government grants and reimbursements. According to a March 6, 2018, Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Planned Parenthood spent $288.8 million in federal funding that had been received, directly and indirectly, from federal agencies from FY 2013-2015. Over the same period, the International Planned Parenthood Federation spent $13.97 million in federal funding. Over the three years documented by the GAO study, Federally Qualified Health Centers served 25 million individuals compared to 2.4 million individuals at Planned Parenthood. 



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