Senator Tina Smith promotes family planning bill, asks Republicans to get on board

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) – The Senses. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) and Patty Murray (D-Washington) introduced a bill in the Senate to increase funding for federal grants for family planning in response to Roe v. Wade being struck down by the US Supreme Court. United.

The Expanding Access to Family Planning Act provides $550 million a year for reproductive health care services and infrastructure. It would also:

  • Provide $500 million in mandatory funding for Title X services for each of the next 10 fiscal years. That’s well above the $286 million the program received in fiscal year 2022.
  • Provide mandatory funding of $50 million for the construction, renovation and improvement of related clinic infrastructure for each of the next 10 fiscal years.
  • Reinstate regulations prohibiting discrimination against vendors who provide Title X services.
  • Require pregnancy counseling to include information on antenatal care and childbirth, infant care, foster care, adoption, and termination of pregnancy, unless a patient has no interest in receive information about an option.

Democrats are expected to call for a voice vote in the House on Thursday, and Smith says it’s a chance for Republicans to join Democrats in supporting family planning.

“That’s what they’ve been talking about for the past few weeks, that they want to find common ground to support family planning. This is their opportunity,” Smith said. “It’s a chance for all of us to see if they’re serious about it. I hope they join us. I don’t know if they will, but we’ll wait and see.

Republicans are unlikely to support the bill, with Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) introducing legislation allowing pregnant women to receive child support before the baby is even born.

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