Hopes high that abortion money will be reallocated
Bills currently in both the U.S. House and Senate would redirect federal funds from Planned Parenthood to local clinics to enhance health services for women. Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee tells OneNewsNow that Planned Parenthood has sold America – and lawmakers on Capitol Hill – a bill of goods for years.
“Planned Parenthood for many years has said that they do breast cancer screenings and mammograms and prenatal care, and we know that’s just not the case,” Tobias says. “Their priority is abortion.”
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Planned Parenthood conducts tests for sexually transmitted diseases and distributes birth control as well. “And those are among the services [for which] they are able to get reimbursement from the federal government,” says Tobias.
Yet, thousands of local clinics can offer all of the same services, minus abortion, and provide even better care for the health needs of women and their children. Tobias is confident the reallocation of funds can take place.
“The House and Senate can pass a bill through a measure called budget reconciliation that can take the money away from Planned Parenthood and give it to the community health centers,” she says. “They did that in the last session only to have the bill vetoed by President Obama. This time we have a new president, and President Trump has said that he will sign the bill.”
OneNewsNow has reported previously the big battle will be in the Senate where there is a Republican majority. But not all Republican senators are supportive.