Last year, Democrats declared that the Republican “War on Women” is real, and now they may have another example to back their claims. Yesterday, Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg introduced a bill that would dramatically reduce state funding for Planned Parenthood by directing tax payer money to other health care providers that do not offer abortions.
The initiative, which is curiously titled Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act, was introduced by State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), and critics claim it could leave some 350,000 women without affordable health care. There are 42 state clinics currently operating under Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania.
Metcalfe, who has not been successful in passing this bill in the past, argues that “Pennsylvania taxpayers must no longer be forced to subsidize the loss of innocent lives.” He assures the public that overall funding towards women’s health will not go down. Instead, hospitals, clinics, and health centers will simply have financial precedence.
Although the Planned Parenthood nonprofit is mostly known for abortions, it also provides many other gynecological health services, which may no longer be available if the bill is passed. Sari Stevens, executive director of PA Planned Parenthood maintains that only 4% of individuals seeking services last year came in for an abortion.
Pennsylvania is currently the 5th state to have pending bills which seek to defund Planned Parentood.
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