Republican Senator Defends Government Funding For Planned Parenthood

"It makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding."

Senator Susan Collins spoke out Sunday in defense of federal government funding for healthcare clinic Planned Parenthood. Included in the Republican healthcare bill revealed this week is a provision that would eliminate the $528.4 million the organization currently receives in funding from the U.S. government. Collins is one of several Republican senators who have expressed their hesitation in supporting the bill. 

"It makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood," Collins told George Stephanopoulos on the The Week. "There already are long-standing restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion. So that's not what this debate is about."

As Collins notes, none of the federal funding Planned Parenthood receives is used for abortion services. About 2.5 million people rely on clinics across the country for health services every year, which include physical exams, prenatal services and access to affordable birth control. 



"Planned Parenthood is an important provider of health care services, including family planning and cancer screenings for millions of Americans, particularly women, and they should be allowed to choose the health provider that they want." Collins said. 

Senate leader Mitch McConnell has expressed his desire that the Senate will vote on the bill before the July 4th recess. McConnell can only afford lose the support of two Republican senators as all 46 Democratic senators have stated they will not vote in favor of the bill. 

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