Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sens. Sasse, Fischer, Grassley cosponsor Joni Ernst's bill to defund ALL Planned Parenthood's services;

From Mother Jones:
...The Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal funds from being used for most abortions, but this legislation would bar low-income women who rely on Medicaid and Title X funding for subsidized care from obtaining other women's health care services at Planned Parenthood...
     The bill text explains that other entities, including "state and county health departments, community health centers, [and] hospitals," will be able to fill women's health care needs, including contraception, STI testing, and cervical and breast cancer screening. Many health experts say other health providers would not be able to absorb Planned Parenthood's patients. An analysis conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, which publishes research on reproductive health, found that in two-thirds of the counties that have a Planned Parenthood center, these centers serve at least half of the women seeking publicly funded contraceptive care. In one-fifth of those counties, Planned Parenthood is the only provider offering subsidized contraceptive care.
     "If passed, these bills will cause a national health care crisis, leaving millions with nowhere to go for basic care," said Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement...
Here are all the cosponsors, so far:
Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]
Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]
Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS]
Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC]
Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]
Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]
Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]
Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]
Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]
Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]
Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]
Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE]
Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]
Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]
Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA]
Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]
Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]
Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]
Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]
Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN]
Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]
Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]

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