WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor to advocate for proper healthcare for women and making sure those services are available, in addition to promoting that taxpayer funds should not be used to fund abortion clinics.
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MRS. BLACKBURN: Madam President, I appreciate the opportunity to
respond to much of what my colleague had to say about we are in the
middle of a pandemic. Families are struggling. Yes, indeed, that is
very true. And if you want to talk about making healthcare services
more available to more women, then, yes, indeed, what you want to do is
make certain that these taxpayer funds are not used to provide abortion
services, that these funds are going to the community clinics that are
the ones that are providing the screenings.
Many of the Planned Parenthood clinics do abortions. They refer women
to the community clinic around the corner for the cancer screenings,
for the breast exams, for the Pap smears. So there should be agreement
that, yes, individuals should have access to this healthcare. And if
you say: If you perform abortions, you cannot have these title X
dollars, then the hundreds of community clinics that are access points
to healthcare for women in underserved communities, these funds would
be made available to them.
I think we also have to talk about rights and privileges and touch on
that for just a moment. I fully appreciate, we all have different
opinions, and it is wonderful that we live in a country that allows
freedom of speech, where we can express our difference of opinions.
What we do have to realize is this, that we have in this country
1,700 lives lost every day to abortion--1,700 voiceless and
vulnerable--and to me that is just an absolutely heartbreaking stat
that these unborn children do not have the opportunity to enjoy that
right to life. I find that very sad.
As I said, this legislation would make certain that all of this money
goes to these health clinics but not to a clinic that provides abortion
This is the kind of access that, yes, indeed, many families would
appreciate having more access and more services available to women at
their community clinics.