01.30.17

Daines Introduces Measures to Protect Life

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced two measures to protect life. 

Daines introduced the Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act, that redirects funds from Planned Parenthood to other eligible women's health care providers, and a measure to scrap the Department of Health and Human Services’ new rule to amend regulations implementing the Title X Family Planning Program. 

“We must fight for those that are unable to fight for themselves,” Daines stated. “We will maintain funding for women’s health care and redirect those funds towards community health clinics that provide comprehensive care instead of an organization that traffics human baby parts.”

The legislation to redirect federal funds from Planned Parenthood to other eligible women's health care providers:

  • Prohibits federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliate organizations.
  • 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.
  • Ensures there is no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women’s health.

The bicameral legislation to scrap an eleventh-hour rule from the Obama administration that cements federal family planning funding for Planned Parenthood:

  • The rule currently secures federal Title X family planning grants for Planned Parenthood and interferes with states’ ability to make their own decisions about the best eligible providers for their citizens.
  • This legislation would eliminate the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) final rule to amend regulations implementing the Title X Family Planning Program. 

This legislation is sponsored by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA).

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