MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate’s health committee has approved a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise its Medicaid expenses.
One measure would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood. The bill would forbid abortion providers from getting any of that money and instead give it to health departments and the state’s Well Woman program, which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings. The bill passed the full state Assembly in September.READ MORE: Indigenous Bowl Brings 30+ Tribes, Communities Together At U.S. Bank Stadium
The other proposal would cost Planned Parenthood about $4 million annually by raising the cost of birth control drugs it receives through Medicaid.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Monday Will Be Season's Coldest, With Flash Freeze Causing Icy Commutes
The committee approved both bills on 3-2 party line votes Tuesday, clearing the way for Senate floor votes.MORE NEWS: Firefighters Hurt By Falling Porch During Minneapolis House Fire
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