Democrats in Maryland announced plans Wednesday to introduce a new bill forcing the state to continue funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
State lawmakers made the announcement during an International Women’s Day rally in Annapolis, WBAL TV reports. Their pro-abortion bill comes in reaction to federal legislation that would defund the abortion giant of nearly half a billion tax dollars each year.
“We can show solidarity in this fight against the Trump agenda and the war against women,” said state Delegate Ariana Kelly, a Democrat, at the news conference.
Here’s more from the report:
The measure creates a spending mandate starting in fiscal year 2019. It provides $2.7 million in state funding to continue Medicaid services and Title X family planning education.
“This is not about abortion. This is about basic preventative health care, well-women exams, STI testing and treatment,” said Karen Nelson, president CEO Planned Parenthood Maryland.
“We need to remember our history. We don’t want to go back to a loss of services, and none of us would have to live by other people’s values,” said state Sen. Delores Kelley, D-Baltimore County.
The bill has enough co-sponsors to land on the governor’s desk. No word on what he thinks about it.
Despite what Planned Parenthood claims, the funding issue is about abortion. This week, the national abortion chain refused to give up its abortion work and focus on providing other health care services. Planned Parenthood leaders rejected a proposition from President Donald Trump that would have allowed it to continue receiving tax dollars as long as it stopped doing abortions.
Planned Parenthood routinely performs more than 320,000 abortions on little unborn baby boys and girls every year. The majority of Americans who are pro-life on abortion have been clamoring for Congress to revoke its taxpayer funding. They may soon be getting their wish.
On Monday, Republicans in Congress released the American Health Care Act. Their plan to repeal Obamacare includes provisions that would revoke funding for Planned Parenthood.
Under the legislation, there is a provision in the bill that prohibits states from using “direct spending” on “prohibited entities” with federal funds allocated from the legislation; and those entities include any entity that “provides for abortions.” That means the nation’s biggest abortion corporation — Planned Parenthood.
A recent survey found that community health centers not only provide more comprehensive health care than Planned Parenthood, excluding abortions, they also outnumber the abortion group’s facilities by 20 to one.
The U.S. Senate took the first step in paving the way for a vote on defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation in early January. The Senate approved on a party-line vote a budget resolution bill. This repeal resolution is the first step in the process to re-direct Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to legitimate health care entities and repeal Obamacare using the budget reconciliation procedure.
Recent polls also indicate Americans support the defunding efforts. New polling found 56 percent of Americans in battleground states want Planned Parenthood defunded.