Article courtesy of LifeNews.com, written by Joe Ortwerth.
The Missouri Senate has joined the Missouri House of Representatives in voting to remove all state funding for Planned Parenthood from the state budget for fiscal year 2017, which begins on July 1st. Members of the Senate approved a $27 billion budget which abolishes Medicaid funding for services provided by Planned Parenthood.
The House had approved a budget which included language prohibiting the allocation of any state or federal funds to organizations that provide elective abortions, or which counsel women to have non-therapeutic abortions. The House also reduced the budget of the Missouri Department of Social Services by $379,000, the amount the State of Missouri paid Planned Parenthood in Medicaid reimbursements last year.
The Missouri Senate took a different approach last week which has legal significance. Senate budget leaders removed $8 million in federal money from the Social Services budget and replaced it with state funding. The full Senate endorsed that action, and maintained the House stance of prohibiting state funding to Planned Parenthood.