Pennsylvania Senator Introduces Bill That Would Defund Planned Parenthood

HARRISBURG, Pa. — 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.

“The intent of this bill is clear: to deny women access to lifesaving preventative care such as [cervical] cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and wellness exams,” she said. “With nearly half of Planned Parenthood’s medical centers in rural and underserved communities, this bill would be crippling to the patients who need care the most.”

But in a memorandum submitted with the bill, Eichelberger contended that it is rather women’s health services that are being deprived of funds when the money is instead going elsewhere.

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“Currently, limited federal and state public funding exists for family planning and preventive health services for women. To ensure maximized use of funding, this legislation will prioritize the distribution to the most efficient point-of-service health care providers and encourage complete medical records for all services provided to women,” he wrote.

“Notably, this legislation is focused on prioritizing the allocation of available public funds, and will not reduce the level of public funding allocated for women’s health services,” Eichelberger said.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

As previously reported, similar legislation has been presented at the federal level. In February, Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced the “Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act” with the support of 127 co-sponsors.

It notes that community health centers, local health departments, physicians’ offices and others provide a variety of women’s services and pregnancy care—minus the killing. Reports state that there are over 13,500 community health centers alone that assist with women’s health.

“Such health services include relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services such as contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals,” the bill outlines.

“Many such entities provide services to all persons, regardless of the person’s ability to pay, and provide services in medically underserved areas and to medically underserved populations.”

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The Western nations have proved this century that being civilized means having a Christian conscience. Nothing else.

    • Harry Weaver

      “The wicked shall be tuned into hell and all nations that forget God.”

  • InTheChurch

    serious question to the leftists or pro-choice folks: Can women get birth control, contraceptives and other women’s health care from their primary doctors, community health clinics and maybe even the hospitals? What does PP offer than no one else can provide?

    • Kaz


      • InTheChurch

        And they do a great job and get paid well for it.

    • Tangent002

      Planned Parenthood is a part of a healthcare network that services lower-income communities. Removing their funding will place an added burden on their remaining providers who are stretched this to begin with.

      • InTheChurch

        So women can get the same services from other clinics, so we don’t need PP.
        I just did a quick google map search of my area, the 4 that are near by, all next to a hospital and only one might be close to the “bad side” of town. One was down the street from a major sporting arena. So that low income stuff does not work in my area. Please answer the last question; what does PP offer that no one else can?

        • Tangent002

          PP is one of the few clinics that have OB/GYNs on staff. Other clinics might have one visit every week or so. If your area has 10 low-cost clinics and defunding shuts down 4 of them, what does that mean for the other 6?

          • Jason Todd

            It’s also the only known clinic that offers protection toward sex offenders, and traffics in baby body parts for profit.

            Which is something you have no problem with.

          • Tangent002

            Neither of those allegations have any merit.

          • Jason Todd

            I rest my case.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            LOL. Don’t ya love it when they make your case for ya!

          • Jason Todd

            Yes. There’s nothing to discuss or debate because in both scenarios we have recordings of this occurring. This Tangent clown knows it, and would rather use cognitive dissonance to continue to defend the indefensible and illegal.

          • InTheChurch

            The six gets more money, those OB/GYN can get work in those 6 and PP is no longer selling body parts for cash. I see that as a win/win. So again, PP offers nothing special to other clinics.
            By the way, my wife is a supervisor of a community clinic.

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        Sounds like a great reason to murder helpless, innocent babies. As good as any I’ve seen.

    • Jason Todd

      Answer: Nothing.

      • InTheChurch

        That is what I thought

  • Tangent002

    Title X funding has no requirement except that the facility is capable of delivering family planning services. Eichelberger’s bill is facing an uphill battle.

  • nineleven

    “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.”

    this is a direct lie, just go to your doctor or medical professional!