Tina SmithFor U.S. Senate Special Election
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Blocking Planned Parenthood Health Centers From Participation In Crucial Safe...View Details
On Aug. 23, 2018, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed an amendment to the Department of Defense, Labor HHS Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 6157) which would block Planned Parenthood health centers from participating in critical safety-net programs, including the Title X family planning program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, and Medicaid in Fiscal Year 2019. The Paul-Lee Amendment would block millions of people from receiving basic and preventive care at the health care provider of their choice and would be devastating for health care access across the country. Not only does this amendment hurt the millions of people who rely on Planned Parenthood for their health care needs, is is also a wildly unpopular proposal that has previously been rejected and is out of touch with 75 percent of Americans who do not support “defunding” Planned Parenthood health centers. This amendment not only failed to get the 60 votes required to move forward, it didn’t even reach a simple majority, demonstrating this amendment is out of touch for the majority of voters. A vote AGAINST the Paul-Lee Amendment was a vote in support of women’s health. The amendment failed the Senate with a vote of 45-48.
Banning Abortion At 20 Weeks NationwideView Details
On Jan. 16, 2018, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced the deceptively named “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act,” which would ban all abortions at 20 weeks with very limited exceptions. This bill is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 36, which was voted on and passed in the House of Representatives Oct. 3, 2017. S. 2311 denies a woman access to an abortion, even if she experienced severe, dangerous health complications as a result of her pregnancy. It would also subject a doctor to criminal penalties for performing a safe, legal medical procedure at 20 weeks. Additionally, S. 2311 would prohibit a doctor from providing care, even if the pregnancy is diagnosed with serious fetal anomalies. Many doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), oppose these laws because they prevent them from giving their patients the best health care possible in an individual situation. This bill failed to get the 60 votes required to move forward. A vote AGAINST S. 2311 was a vote in support of women’s health. The bill failed the Senate with a vote of 51-46.