Obama May Send Millions to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz for HIV Testing
by Steven Ertelt
April 8, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama may have found another way to thank the Planned Parenthood abortion business for supporting him in the 2008 presidential elections. The Obama administration has announced funding for a multi-million dollar HIV testing program that could direct big bucks to his pro-abortion ally.
Yesterday, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sent a Twitter update to her followers including an article with the announcement.
The Body, a blog that follows HIV issues, reported that the CDC announced a federal initiative to expand HIV testing and that the Obama administration will bankroll the expansion over the next three years with a total of $142.5 million — an increase of $31.5 million over previous years.
Although the CDC says only state and local health departments may apply for the funding, the document announcing the funding indicates that, "Family planning and reproductive health clinics, College and university student health clinics, and STD clinics" qualify as end recipients.
"Health departments are best positioned to accomplish this goal, because of their ability to work with multiple healthcare facilities and target those that serve the programs primary target populations," the CDC funding document indicates.
As pro-life blogger Jill Stanek points out, that means health departments that receive the money from the multi-million dollar project can turn the funds over to Planned Parenthood and act as a conduit for more government funding of the abortion business.
"Here we see the trickle down economics of Obama paying off Planned Parenthood for helping get him elected, with a literally dead end focus, I might add," Stanek notes.
Stanek says Richards would never have highlighted the news story on her twitter blog unless Planned Parenthood expected to see a financial windfall from the new Obama administration funding.
That HIV testing money would find its way to the Planned Parenthood abortion businesses from the Obama administration through state and local health departments is not far fetched — as it already happens.
Craig Markva of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services told AP in February that Planned Parenthood received $28,000 for HIV prevention services form the state health department.
And Planned Parenthood of Indiana accepted $150,000 in federal grant funding from the Indiana State Department of Health to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
Though the grants didn’t have to do with abortion, pro-life advocates say the money is fungible and the abortion business would have to spend money it uses to promote and perform abortions on more legitimate services if not for the taxpayer funding.
The connection between Planned Parenthood and HIV testing is nothing new.
The Girl Scouts recently came under fire for distributing a Planned Parenthood brochure at a United Nations event that talks about HIV and offering testing is one way the abortion business can develop relationships with potential customers via services seen as more legitimate than abortion.
The international affiliate of Planned Parenthood also pushes the HIV/AIDS issue as a way to promote contraception and abortion in other nations.
Last year alone, according to Planned Parenthoods annual report, it received 34% of its $1.04 billion in revenue from government grants and contracts, and performed more than 305,000 abortions.
Rep. Mike Pence, a leading pro-life advocate in Congress, has sponsored amendments annually to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
He points out that the idea is to revoke funding that promotes abortions and that money given to Planned Parenthood for services like HIV testing should go to non-abortion entities.
"To be clear, my amendment would not cut family planning funding. I applaud some of the important work that takes place under the banner of Title X, such as breast cancer screening, HIV prevention education, counseling, and pregnancy diagnosis," Pence says.
"My amendment does not reduce the budget for family planning in this appropriations bill. It simply prevents family planning funding from reaching an organization that performs hundreds of thousands of abortions each year and profits from the abortion trade," he explains.
Planned Parenthood has also been accused of hijacking the PEPFAR international program to promote abortion in an HIV/AIDS effort.
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