The abortion business Planned Parenthood is raking in big bucks to offset a defunding effort that has not even happened yet.
On Monday, the California Treasury Department announced plans to give $20 million in “emergency grants” to Planned Parenthood and other groups to make up for the taxpayer funds that U.S. Congress hopes to cut, Reuters reports.
“The Community Clinic Lifeline Grant Program will help small or rural nonprofit clinics, including Planned Parenthood clinics, keep their doors open and provide critical services,” the state treasurer’s office said in a post Friday.
The announcement comes as the U.S. Senate considers legislation to defund the abortion chain and redirect tax dollars to community health centers. A vote in the U.S. Senate could be very close. Republicans hold a narrow majority, and at least one Republican has said she is “committed” to funding the abortion chain.
The U.S. House passed a bill in May to defund the abortion group of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and repeal and replace Obamacare, but the U.S. Senate has not taken action on the legislation yet.
Efforts to defund the abortion chain gained support in 2015 after the Center for Medical Progress began releasing undercover videos showing top Planned Parenthood officials possibly illegally selling aborted babies’ body parts.
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California already gives a large chunk of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. California is one of 17 states that forces taxpayers to pay for abortions for women on Medicaid.
In 2014, Californians paid abortion facilities more than $27 million to abort 83,000 unborn babies under Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for low-income individuals, according to a 2016 state report. The program even pays for elective and late-term abortions, according to California’s Department of Health Care Services.
According to the California Catholic Conference, state lawmakers approved a $183 billion budget last week that includes funding for elective abortions through Medi-Cal.
“We are requesting that the Governor line-item veto the public funding of Medi-Cal abortions in the budget,” the conference wrote this week. “If abortion is a ‘woman’s choice’ then the state of California should not be taking sides by encouraging abortions, particularly within our poorest communities and amongst our most vulnerable populations.”
Maryland also will force taxpayers to give more money to the abortion chain. In April, Maryland lawmakers passed a bill to force taxpayers to fund the abortion chain if the federal government defunds it. The bill would take away $2 million from a program that helps low-income families and give it to the abortion chain instead.
Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows its taxpayer funding and abortion numbers are up, while its patient numbers, contraception and other health care services are down. In 2015, it performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year.
Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer for an increase in tax funding if they stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are what Planned Parenthood’s true focus is.
President Donald Trump promised to sign a bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
The House version of the bill would eliminate more than $390 million (about 86 percent) of the annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood from all mandatory spending programs. The measure also would redirect funding to community health centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1 and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortions. The bill also would repeal Obamacare abortion subsidies.
The bill would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, as well CHIP, Title V and Title X block grant programs.