WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John Thune (R-SD), Tim Scott (R-SC), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) at a press conference today to push for the passage of S.1881. This legislation prohibits federal dollars going to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, while at the same time protecting and preserving federal funding of women’s health services provided by other eligible entities.
Earlier this month, Sen. Paul introduced similar language to defund Planned Parenthood as both a stand-alone bill and an amendment to H.R. 22, the Senate vehicle for the highway bill. In addition, he repeatedly asked the U.S. Senate to hold a vote on both measures.
Click HERE to read the legislation, S.1881, in its entirety.
Below is the video and transcript of Sen. Paul’s remarks at the press conference.
For many of us one of our first images we see of our children is the image on ultrasound. Many people have a framed picture of their children before they were born on ultrasound.
I think what was particularly appalling is that we see ultrasound being used to manipulate the baby into a position so they can remove the body parts and preserve liver, lung, and heart for harvesting and sale.
I think that is particularly appalling and in contrast to what most Americans would think moral and responsible.
I think it is important to know there are 9,000 community health centers across the country which do everything that Planned Parenthood does except for abortion.
There is absolutely no need for public funding of Planned Parenthood. There’s no excuse for it and we should end all funding for Planned Parenthood.