U.S. Rep. John Shimkus speaks to constituents and reporters outside Planned Parenthood in Effingham.
WASHINGTON – Following stops at three Planned Parenthood locations in Illinois on Tuesday, where he presented more comprehensive alternatives for women’s health care needs, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) voted Friday to end all taxpayer support for the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“There are twice as many federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Illinois than Planned Parenthood clinics,” Shimkus said. “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 House-passed legislation – H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 – 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 supported H.R. 3504, 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,” Shimkus said. “When a child survives an attempted abortion, we should not turn our back on that precious gift of life.”