Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert submitted the first bill of the year in an effort to complete Republicans’ long-standing objective of defunding Planned Parenthood.
Boebert submitted the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2023 on Friday. Federal payments allocated to Planned Parenthood would be suspended for a year under the proposed legislation.
“The nation’s largest abortion provider has no business receiving taxpayer dollars.” “Planned Parenthood claims these funds go to healthcare for women, but last year, Planned Parenthood performed a record number of abortions while also reducing the number of well-woman exams and breast cancer screenings it performed,” Boebert said of the bill.
In 2022, taxpayer contributions to Planned Parenthood facilities were more than $633 million annually.
Federally qualified health centers offering services like pap smears, cancer screenings, and maternity care will receive the financing previously allocated to Planned Parenthood locations under the law.
“Instead of funding Planned Parenthood, my bill will redirect this funding to community health centers that focus on healthy women, not killing babies,” she added.
There are currently 29 House representatives who have signed the Defund Planned Parenthood Act.
Defunding Planned Parenthood, according to the organization, would “really mean blocking patients who depend on public health care funds from getting their care at Planned Parenthood health centers,” as it has previously stated.
Boebert has repeatedly made headlines over the past couple of weeks as her feud with former friend Marjorie Taylor Greene has heated up.
Earlier this month, Boebert and Greene got into a heated argument in the ladies’ room of the U.S. Capitol.
On Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress, a vernal altercation broke out in the lady’s room of the House speaker. According to sources, the politicians fought over their alleged allegiance to Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who was vying for the position of House speaker.
“Greene questioned Boebert’s loyalty to McCarthy, and after a few words were exchanged, Boebert stormed out,” said one source familiar with the argument.
“You were okay taking millions of dollars from McCarthy but you refuse to vote for him for Speaker, Lauren?” Greene said, according to another source familiar with the confrontation.
According to the first report, Greene confronted Boebert for accepting campaign funding from McCarthy and then voting against him in the speaker vote. Boebert had been unaware that the Georgia Republican was in the washroom.
“That’s when Lauren said, ‘Don’t be ugly,’” the first source said, adding that Boebert then “ran out like a little schoolgirl.”
Boebert just said, “See you later — bye See you later — bye,” and Greene has not commented on the incident.
Sources claim that Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) watched the near-screaming match, but she rejected three times to disclose what she saw “in any way, shape, or form.”
“What happens in the lady’s room stays in the lady’s room,” the Michigan Democrat said.