On Tuesday night, Senator Joni Ernst, along with several of her colleagues, including Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Tim Scott, filed the Senate Bill S.1881 defunding Planned Parenthood.
This legislation follows gruesome footage showcasing Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies.
In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, this legislation ensures the preservation of Federal funding for women’s health services including relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals. Funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be offered to other eligible entities to provide such women’s health care services.
This legislation is expected to come before the Senate floor for a vote within a matter of days, as Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that the Senate will vote on this bill before departing for an extended state work period and August recess.
Cosponsors of the bill include Senators John Barrasso (WY), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozman (AR), Richard Burr (NC) Dan Coats (IN), Tom Cotton (AR) John Cornyn (TX), Ted Cruz (TX), Steve Daines (MT), Mike Enzi (WY), Deb Fischer (NE), James Inhofe (OK), Johnny Isakson (GA), Ron Johnson (WI), James Lankford (OK), John McCain (AZ) Mitch McConnell (KY), Jerry Moran (KS), Rand Paul (KY), David Perdue (GA), Pat Roberts (KS), Ben Sasse (NE), Tim Scott (SC), and John Thune (SD).
Senate Bill S.1881:
- 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 text of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act can be seen here.
Christian Coalition of America supports passage of this bill and will be scoring this vote on our Congressional Scorecards.
We ask all of our members and supporters to contact their Senators and encourage them to pledge their support for passage of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (S.1881) by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to speak with your Senators’ office or by corresponding with them via their Senate contact information which can be found here.