By Heather Clark
A Republican Pennsylvania senator has introduced a bill that would defund the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood.
Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Hollidaysburg, recently presented Senate Bill 300, which would instruct the state Department of Human Services on how to allocate family planning funds. It ensures that funding is distributed to community health centers instead of those who end the lives of aborted children.
“Any expenditures or grants of public funds for family planning services by the department shall be made in the following order of priority: (I) To nonpublic hospitals and federally qualified health centers. (II) To rural health clinics. (III) To State health centers. (IV) To nonpublic health providers that have as their primary purpose the provision of the primary health care services enumerated under [the law],” the legislation reads in part.
“The department may not enter into a contract with or make a grant to any entity that performs abortions that are not federally qualified abortions or maintains or operates a facility where such abortions are performed, except as required by federal law when the services are provided under Medicaid and by a qualified provider approved by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services,” it states.Planned Parenthood has already expressed objection to the bill out of its assertion that lawmakers are seeking to target them. Sari Stevens, executive director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, suggested to the outlet Public Opinion that women will have no place else to go to receive sexual health services.