Joni Ernst

March for Life - January 27, 2017

Joni Ernst
January 27, 2017— Washington, D.C.
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Oh God bless you all, thank you so much. Thanks for being here, and what … today above all else, what I am wishing for all Americans whether they are born or unborn, is that they know peace, that they know love, and that they all might be touched by the grace of God. Thank you all. [applause]

Okay well, thank you all so much for being here and standing up for life. This is important; we know how important it is. Back in 2015, I introduced a measure to redirect federal dollars for women's health care away from Planned Parenthood. [applause] Thank you. And give that money to places like community health centers, which provide greater health care services regardless of a person's ability to pay. [applause] Thank you. Because, as we all know, Planned Parenthood is the nation's single largest provider of abortions.

Thanks to the help and support of all of you, we saw a bipartisan … bipartisan majority support my measure, and ultimately we sent it to the … But unfortunately folks, back then we did not have a president that respected life, and he stopped us. Thankfully- thankfully today is a different story … today, as you know, Vice President Pence we have a pro-life president. [Applause]

We must keep fighting for those who are unable to protect themselves, so I am thrilled to announce today that this coming Monday I will reintroduce that critical legislation to redirect Planned Parenthood funding. [applause] we will redirect Planned Parenthood funding to other eligible women's healthcare providers. [applause] I am also going to introduce a bill Monday to stop what some have referred to as President Obama's last gift to Planned Parenthood, title X.

Representative Diane Black is joining me in this effort, and it would scrap the Obama administration … rule that entrenches federal family planning funding for Planned Parenthood. Folks, were going to stop it. We, as a pro-life community, honor the civil liberties, independence, and strength of a woman, all women. And that means- and that means both supporting mothers and rising up to protect the most vulnerable in our society: the innocent babies who are unable to defend themselves.

As a mother, as a … and as a woman, thank you for joining me today and standing up and marching for life. God bless you all. [applause] God bless you all. And again, I want to say, thank you God for giving us this day. Thank you all for being here, and again we wish all Americans peace, love, and that they will be touched by the grace of God. God bless the United States of America.