07.29.15

Senators Isakson, Perdue Introduce Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) along with 22 Senate Republicans, this week introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. This legislation, S.1881, comes in light of the gruesome video footage detailing Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies. The Senate is expected to vote on this legislation next week.

“The government should not be funding Planned Parenthood or any abortions in the first place,” said Senator Isakson. “These videos that have come to light are incredibly disturbing, and we should launch an immediate investigation into this organization’s abhorrent activities. I will continue to fight to ensure Planned Parenthood does not receive another dime from hardworking taxpayers.”

“These gut-wrenching videos underscore the serious nature of the situation,” said Senator Perdue. “As a parent, and now grandparent, I find these actions unthinkable. Planned Parenthood should not receive any federal funding, period. I will continue defending life and I join many Georgians and Americans in calling for an immediate investigation.”

The bill was introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and co-sponsors include Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AZ), Richard Burr (R-NC), Dan Coats (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), James Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Tim Scott (R-SC), and John Thune (R-SD). 

In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, this legislation ensures that federal funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be available to other eligible entities to provide important women’s health care services.

Last week, Senator Isakson and Senator Perdue also sent a letter with 48 senators to the Obama Administration condemning the video footage and calling for an investigation of the senior Planned Parenthood executives shown discussing in gruesome detail the organization’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies.