The North Dakota Senate passed legislation Wednesday to stop tax dollars from funding the largest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood.
According to the Associated Press, the bill would restrict public, taxpayer-funded universities in the state from contracting with “a person that performs or promotes the performance of an abortion.”
It passed the state Senate by an overwhelming majority in a 66-25 vote after lawmakers added amendments, according to the report. The bill now returns to the state House for final approval.
Lawmakers want to stop North Dakota State University from giving taxpayer-funded grants to Planned Parenthood for sex education, the report states. The bill would penalize entities with a 2.5-percent budget reduction if they do and create misdemeanor charges for school officials who sign the contract.
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Planned Parenthood, which reports billion-dollar revenues while calling itself a nonprofit and paying its CEO a seven-figure salary, has been accused of selling aborted baby body parts, botching abortions that killed women, covering up the sexual abuse of minors, discriminating against pregnant and racial minority employees, exploiting young girls by selling cross-sex hormones and more.
It receives more than a half a billion taxpayer dollars each year while maintaining close relationships with some of the top Democrats in government.
Its latest annual report, which is publicly available online, lists more than 354,000 abortions. This represents about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S.
Meanwhile, the same report showed that many of Planned Parenthood’s actual health services continue to decline. It provided less contraception, sterilizations, cancer screenings, adoption referrals and other women’s health services than the previous year, mirroring a continued downward trend. Its patient numbers also have been dropping steadily over the past decade.