WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Angus King spoke on the senate floor, against a measure he says would jeopardize women’s access to healthcare in Maine.
The senate is currently considering an act that would eliminate a regulation protecting so-called “Title Ten Health Centers.”
Title Ten is a government grant program providing funding for family planning services that serve low income families. The regulation in question is meant to ensure that no qualified provider is excluded from eligibility for funding.
Some believe the loosening of the rules would make it easier to take away funding from providers such as Planned Parenthood who also provide abortion services.
Sen. King said that the rule change would put women at risk.
Senator King stated “We’re not talking about funding abortions. We re not even talking about funding Planned Parenthood. We re not talking about funding these Title Ten Health Centers. We are talking about protecting women s health services. That s really what this vote is about. If you vote for this, you are voting to take away reimbursement for health services that are necessary to protect the health and well-being of women across this country.”
Current federal law does not allow any tax payer funding to be used to pay for abortions.