Republican Senator Files Bill to Injure Women’s Health by Zapping Planned Parenthood Funding
We caught sight Monday of another example of why 1984 sped to the top of the Amazon best-seller list after Nov. 8. It’s one of those Republican bills with a Doublespeak name: “Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act.” The bill does the opposite. It was introduced by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and has 23 co-sponsors, all Republican.
Not only would it bar providing any federal money to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliates, it would also overturn President Obama’s administrative rule barring states from defunding the women’s health care organization. No funding now appropriated for health services like prenatal and post-natal care and breast and cervical cancer screenings would be cut, but the bill would redirect this money to health care providers that do not also perform abortions.