New York City Gives Planned Parenthood Abortion Lobby $32 Million
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
May 13, 2004
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — New York City has given the nation’s largest abortion business over $32 million dollars in financial assistance for its headquarters, located in the Big Apple.
Planned Parenthood of America received approval for $32 million in bonds, and a partial mortgage tax waiver of $880,000, to be used to improve its national headquarters. The financial benefits were administered through the city’s Economic Development Corporation, which aids businesses and non-profits operating within New York City.
The agency did not return calls to LifeNews.com about the funding.
"This free money given away to Planned Parenthood proves once again that killing babies is big business," James McCloskey, a board member of New York State Right to Life told LifeNews.com in reaction.
"What is particularly shocking, however, is that New York City politicians are willing to waste scarce tax dollars to help PP build a multi-million dollar temple to glorify its grisly and bloody work of killing thousands upon thousands of innocent and helpless babies."
"Mayor Bloomberg should explain to the city’s taxpayers, especially the poor and homeless and struggling single moms, why the city is giving free money to a ‘national franchise’ of abortion chambers that’s already stuffed it’s pockets with billions of dollars in blood money," McCloskey added.
Kathleen Gallagher, Director of Pro-life Activities at the New York State Catholic Conference told LifeNews.com she wasn’t surprised by the city’s financial support of the abortion business.
"When Michael Bloomberg campaigned for the Mayor’s job, part of his platform (created by NARAL NY) was to ‘vigorously defend a woman’s right to choose abortion,’" said Gallagher.
Bloomberg has followed up on the promise, Gallagher added, by requiring mandatory training in abortion techniques for all students in NYC hospitals, though it does have an opt-out clause for those with moral or religious objections. Bloomberg has also considered issuing an executive order that would force all Medicaid Managed Care providers to disclose that they do not provide abortions, but to refer enrollees to business that did provide abortions.
Last month, the city council passed a resolution recognizing and supporting the pro-abortion march on Washington, Roe v. Wade, and the "right" to an abortion.
New York City is not the only area in the state where Planned Parenthood is receiving funding.
In March the New York Criminal Justice Services Department drew criticism for designating $23,300 of federal STOP (Services, Training, Officers and Programs) Violence Against Women grant money to the Rochester affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion business.
Chris Fitch, Legislative Director of New York State Right to Life called the award "extremely ironic," considering Planned Parenthood’s opposition to unborn victims laws, which make it an additional crime to kill or injure an unborn child in an assault on a pregnant woman.
Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region also received a $10,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to extend its outreach to Latinos in the central New York State area.