At the same time thousands of people are gathering in Washington, D.C for the annual March for Life, Colorado representative Lauren Boebert has introduced legislation which calls for defunding the abortionist haven of Planned Parenthood.
This is a special March for Life as it is the first time since the massively popular first convened that Roe v Wade was not the law of the land.
“I’ve introduced my first bill of the 118th Congress. It would defund Planned Parenthood. We need to protect the sanctity of life in this country. To all those marching at the March For Life, let’s rally behind this bill and get it done!” Boebert announced on Twitter.
I’ve introduced my first bill of the 118th Congress.
It would defund Planned Parenthood.
We need to protect the sanctity of life in this country.
To all those marching at the March For Life, let’s rally behind this bill and get it done!https://t.co/RGKzJDd0te
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 20, 2023
One Twitter comment nailed the issue on the head, saying that regardless of one’s personal opinion, no taxpayer should be on the hook for funding abortion.
Whether one considers themself Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, most reasonable people should be able to agree forced taxpayer dollars should not be funding abortions. If abortion are to be funded, they should be funded directly or through non-government funding. Get tax dollars out of it
For pro-life activists, Boebert’s legislation is welcome, if not long overdue. According to some of the most recent information available from fiscal year 2020-21, the federal government sent over $600 million to the radical organization.
And while Planned Parenthood laughably denies that federal money is spent on abortions, it reported almost 400,000 abortions having taken place at the same time.
Even if federal dollars don’t specifically cover abortion costs, it is absurd to think that it isn’t a huge assistive factor. Without the $600 million, Planned Parenthood would not be able to conduct business as usual.
The Daily Wire wrote of Boebert’s plan, which includes an astounding 29 co-sponsors:
Under Boebert’s legislation, which boasts 29 co-sponsors, federal tax dollars are prohibited for one year from going to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless these entities certify they will not provide any funds or services geared toward abortions. There are exceptions outlined for the moratorium, including for abortions in a pregnancy that are the result of an act of rape or incest, as well as in cases when the mother’s life is placed in danger.
Boebert’s legislation addresses the uncomfortable and unethical relationship between the federal government’s funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider, saying in part:
“The nation’s largest abortion provider has no business receiving taxpayer dollars. Planned Parenthood claims these funds go to healthcare for women, but last year, Planned Parenthood performed a record number of abortions while also reducing the number of well-woman exams and breast cancer screenings it performed,” Boebert said in a statement. “Instead of funding Planned Parenthood, my bill will redirect this funding to community health centers that actually meet the health needs of women across the country.”
In the Senate, other important pieces of legislation are also coming out. Joni Ernst (R-IA) has reintroduced the Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act, which likewise seeks to prevent “federal funding to Planned Parenthood” while making sure federal money is targeted toward “health services for women.”
The legislation“prohibits federal funding to Planned Parenthood or any of its affiliate organizations and redirects funds for other health services for women, such as cancer screenings, prenatal and postnatal care, immunizations, and other eligible services.”
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