Senators say Planned Parenthood defunding bill won't cut women's health

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A group of GOP senators say their bill to defund Planned Parenthood wouldn't remove any federal dollars from women's healthcare.

By removing some $500 million from Planned Parenthood clinics every year, those dollars would be made available to community health centers that provide healthcare but don't supply women with abortion services, according to the legislation filed Wednesday by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

"I want to make clear there will be no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women's health," Ernst said. "I look forward to voting on this vital legislation."

Sen. John Cornyn said there are "eight times" as many community health centers in his state of Texas as there are Planned Parenthood clinics — after recent abortion clinic regulations have resulted in the closure of some clinics.