Washington D.C., Feb 4, 2017 / 15:06 pm
A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would re-allocate women's health care funding away from controversial abortion provider Planned Parenthood, toward health care providers that don't perform abortions.
Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) are co-sponsors of the bill, called the Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act.
"We as a pro-life community honor the civil liberties, independence and strength of a woman – all women," Sen. Ernst had said at the March for Life Jan. 27. "And that means both supporting mothers and rising up to protect the most vulnerable in our society – the innocent babies who are unable to defend themselves."
The bill would fund women's health services including diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, prenatal and postnatal care, immunizations, and cervical and breast cancer screenings, Sen. Lankford's office said.