On Wednesday, Missouri House lawmakers considered legislation that would prevent taxpayer dollars from going to institutions that commit abortions or toward any of their affiliate groups. Currently, Planned Parenthood runs the state’s only abortion facility.

House Bill 1854, sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer, would stop Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from receiving funds through the Missouri Medicaid program. The bill would also require the Department of Health and Senior Services to disqualify institutions from the taxpayer-funded program if there is a “conviction of crimes related to fraud and patient care” or if they show “patterns of discrimination.”

“It fully defunds Planned Parenthood pursuant to the Supreme Court decision, giving guidance to the Legislature and also enacts protections at the state level to ensure that your tax dollars are not subsidizing the heinous act of abortion,” Schroer said.

“This is a very important issue to the pro-life community, and it has been for decades,” said Samuel Lee, director of Campaign Life Missouri, during the hearing. “I want to go back to the fact that the Missouri Supreme Court in June of 2020 said if the legislature wants to defund Planned Parenthood you have to do it by statute.”

Read more at Live Action.

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