WASHINGTON — 30 U.S. senators have co-sponsored federal legislation that was recently reintroduced in an effort to defund the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood.
The “Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act” has been re-filed by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-IA, and James Lankford, R-OK. It prohibits federal funds from being granted to Planned Parenthood and re-directs the funding to women’s healthcare providers that do not perform abortions.
“State and county health departments, community health centers, hospitals, physicians offices, and other entities currently provide, and will continue to provide, health services to women,” the bill outlines. “Such health services include relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals.”
“Many such entities provide services to all persons, regardless of the person’s ability to pay, and provide services in medically underserved areas and to medically underserved populations,” it explains.
Lankford and Ernst note that according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), these locations served 25 million patients in 2015, compared to the 2.4 million who utilized Planned Parenthood.
As previously reported, according to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, the entity received $563 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, up from $543 million in 2016-2017. It also received $630 million from private donors.
With all the sources of income combined, Planned Parenthood generated over $1.66 billion in revenue throughout the fiscal year.
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