FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 17, 2018
Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to H.R. 6157, the Senate appropriations package for Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, that would stop taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood and other entities that perform abortions.
“One of the top priorities for a Republican Congress that professes pro-life values on the campaign trail should be to stop taxpayer funding for abortion providers. This is our chance to turn our words into action, stand up for the sanctity of life, and speak out for the most innocent among us that have no voice,” said Dr. Paul.
The amendment contains the same language preventing such spending as the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill that passed the U.S. House Appropriations Committee in July, and it does not block health care providers that do not perform abortions from continuing to receive federal funding for women’s health services.
Affected entities that stop performing abortions would be eligible to have their funding restored.
You can read Dr. Paul’s amendment below.
The action is only the latest step in Dr. Paul’s continuing efforts to stand up in Congress for the unborn.
In addition to previously introducing standalone legislation and an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood in 2015, as well as forcing the Senate to go on the record on his proposal, Dr. Paul is also an original cosponsor of S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and he reintroduced S. 231, his Life at Conception Act, in January 2017.