President Donald Trump's Proposed Budget Defunds Planned Parenthood

Paterniano Del Favero
Mag 24, 2017

The Trump administration officially proposed its 2018 budget this morning.

It quoted Planned Parenthood's executive vice president, Dawn Laguens, who said, "This is the worst budget for women and women's health in a generation".

An executive summary of the budget plan, which was leaked on May 22, says Trump's budget "follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood". "We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs", Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Monday, according to CNN.

In comments to LifeNews.com, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised the Trump administration's proposed budget. Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970, but since 1976 the women's heath organization has not been allowed to use government money for abortions. "Taxpayers should not have to prop up Planned Parenthood's failing, abortion-centered business model".

"FACT: Trump cuts @PPact from ALL programs including VAWA [Violence Against Women Act] grants, cancer screenings, HIV research, Zika prevention, and maternal health".

The proposal to redirect taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood would result in a $422 million increase in federal funding for community health care centers, which enjoy strong bipartisan support, avoid provision of abortion, and now serve almost 24.3 million people (and climbing) in medically underserved communities across the United States.

Almost 40 percent of women ages 15 to 49 reportedly use Medicaid to pay for their health care. It takes the effort a step further than what congressional Republicans had proposed: they wanted to exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid benefits.

Dannenfelser highlighted Planned Parenthood's recent announcement that it will close 10 facilities in four states, "even before any portion of their half-billion dollars in taxpayer funding is redirected to local community health centers". Community health centers and rural health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by an average of 20 to one nationally and provide the preventative care that Planned Parenthood claims to provide but do not perform abortion. "Women will be better served by the new growth of comprehensive healthcare alternatives".

Now, these same activists have high expectations for an agency-wide ban on Planned Parenthood funding across the federal government.

The budget ices out Planned Parenthood and others from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, notes Huff Post. Do you think they need to tone it down?

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