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H.R. 656, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act

H.R. 656, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, would amend federal law so that states would be able to exclude groups that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood, from their Medicaid programs.

Several states have attempted to defund Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid programs, but courts have interpreted federal rules in such a way as to prevent those states from doing so. H.R. 656 would clarify the law to give states the freedom to determine how their Medicaid money is spent.

Text

The complete text of H.R. 656 may be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/656/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22abortion%22%5D%7D&r=12


Co-Sponsors

H.R. 656 was introduced by Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-7). A list of the bill’s co-sponsors is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/656/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22abortion%22%5D%7D&r=12


Status

1-24-17 H.R. 656 introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 






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