Congressman John Shimkus of the local 15th congressional district has voted to end all taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood. This vote came days after Shimkus made stops at three Planned Parenthood locations Tuesday, including in Effingham, where he presented more comprehensive alternatives for women’s health care needs.
“There are twice as many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Illinois than Planned Parenthood clinics,” said Shimkus. “These federally-supported health centers offer women access to a wider range of services and provide a ‘medical home’ where an entire family can gain access to health care regardless of income.”
The legislation, which has now been passed by the House, would defund Planned Parenthood while congressional committees continue their investigation into allegations that the abortion provider altered procedures to harvest and sell baby organs. Changing medical procedures for such a purpose is unethical and the sale of human tissue is prohibited by federal law.
Shimkus also voted in support of the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.” This legislation would require that children who survive an abortion be given the same medical care as any premature infant.
“Miracles happen every day,” said Shimkus. “When a child survives an attempted abortion, we should not turn our back on that precious gift of life.”