Senator Joni Ernst, a freshman Republican from Iowa, introduced a two-page bill Tuesday evening to defund Planned Parenthood without reducing federal funding for health care programs:
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“As a mother and grandmother, I find this footage of Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies morally reprehensible and vile,” Ernst said in a statement. “The American people are horrified by these videos as well. Simply put, this legislation ensures that funding for women’s health is protected and that taxpayer dollars will not go to Planned Parenthood.”
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the measure before the congressional August recess. A third undercover video was also released today further documenting Planned Parenthood's practice of harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies.