Photo credit: American Life League via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0

Ready, Set, Go: States Rush to Defund Planned Parenthood After Senate Vote


Last week, the Senate voted to overturn an Obama-era HHS rule which restricted states from directing funds away from Planned Parenthood, moving one step closer to cutting off the abortion giant’s considerable taxpayer funding. The resolution is expected to be signed into law by President Trump within the next few days.

Since that vote, several states have seemed to the Senate’s cue, quickly moving to cut their own government funding for Planned Parenthood.

Take Pennsylvania, for example, where a newly introduced bill would effectively prevent the state Department of Health from entering into a contract with “any entity that performs abortions that are not federally qualified abortions or maintains or operates a facility where such abortions are performed.” Obviously, the bill is strongly opposed by Democrats on the state legislature, who see it as an attempt to restrict healthcare access for women.

The defund movement is also underway in Michigan, where the state legislature is considering redirecting Planned Parenthood’s funds as they form their new state budget. Michigan Right to Life has thrown their support behind the bill, which would redirect funding to groups that do not provide abortions.

And in Wisconsin, Republicans have introduced a bill that would end Planned Parenthood’s agreement with the University of Wisconsin, which allows the university’s faculty members to be employed by Planned Parenthood as abortionists, thus making the University of Wisconsin a contractor of Planned Parenthood. Because the university is a state school, the deal is entirely funded at the expense of the taxpayer.

This flurry of legislation within less than a week of the Senate’s vote illustrates the strength of the movement to defund Planned Parenthood nationwide. Now, the onus is back on Republicans in Congress to ensure federal taxpayer funding is finally cut off from the abortion giant once and for all.

Photo credit: American Life League via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0

Diana Valentine

Diana Valentine works for the American Principles Project.

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