Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert, a Republican, introduced her first bill of 2023, and boy, was it a doozy! With the bill’s introduction, she hoped this legislation would defund Planned Parenthood. In 2020, their facilities and affiliates received more than $633 million taxpayer funding. According to Trending Politics News, Boebert tweeted, “I’ve introduced my first bill of the 118th Congress. It would defund Planned Parenthood. We need to protect the sanctity of life in this country. To all those marching at the March for Life, let’s rally behind this bill and get it done!” She announced her proposed legislation on Friday while thousands gathered for the March of Life in Washington, DC. This was the first march that had been held since Roe v. Wade was overturned in the Supreme Court. [tweet_embed]January 23, 2023[/tweet_embed] Boebert said, “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.” If the bill is passed, it would take funding from Planned Parenthood and direct it to Federally Qualified Health Centers, which provide services such as cancer screenings, pap smears, and prenatal care. The Daily Wire reported that Planned Parenthood admitted 383,460 abortions were performed in 2020-2021, according to its most recent annual report. [tweet_embed]January 23, 2023[/tweet_embed] On its website, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund indicated that politicians that speak of “defunding” the organization mean “blocking patients who depend on public health care funds from getting their care at Planned Parenthood health centers.” “Instead of funding Planned Parenthood,” Boebert said, “my bill will redirect this funding to community health centers that focus on healthy women, not killing babies.” So far, 29 members of the House of Representatives have cosigned the Defund Planned Parenthood Act. Although Republicans support the bill, it still may not be passed into law. The Democrats are in control of the Senate and the White House and would most likely oppose the measure. However, Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa said on Friday that she would reintroduce an act that “prohibits federal funding to Planned Parenthood or any of its affiliate organizations and redirects funds for other health services for women, such as cancer screenings, prenatal and postnatal care, immunizations, and other eligible services.” That legislation is the Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act.