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Sen. Joni Ernst promises legislation to strip Planned Parenthood funding

Joni Ernst, the junior senator from Iowa, says she’ll reintroduce legislation to redirect funding for Planned Parenthood to other providers of women’s health care.

Ernst, a Republican, also announced that she has a bill ready to overturn President Obama’s “last gift to Planned Parenthood,” which secured federal Title X family planning grants for Planned Parenthood.

She co-authored an op-ed in the Washington Examiner with Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) published Friday ahead of the March for Life.

“With a pro-life president in the White House and pro-life majorities in the House and Senate, we will continue to work together this year to undo the damage done by the Obama administration,” they wrote.

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People gather at the base of the Washington Monument Friday morning for the March for Life. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

After 43 years of doggedly demonstrating against abortion at the annual March for Life each January, thousands of abortion opponents are gathering Friday on the Mall with great reason for optimism. Just days into his presidency, Donald Trump has made abortion one of his first priorities in office.

With a likely eye toward rewarding voters who supported him based heavily on expectations that he would act on abortion, Trump has already revived an old policy banning U.S. funding for groups abroad that pay for abortions or provide information about abortion. On Tuesday, he signaled his intentions to nominate an antiabortion justice to the Supreme Court next week, and he has vowed more action to follow.

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