New Texas Budget Could Cut Funding From Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Jan 29, 2015   |   6:10PM   |   Austin, TX

The Planned Parenthood Texas abortion business has been having a rough couple of years.

First, in 2013, they had to pay $4.23 million dollars to Texas after they were found to have participated in a massive Medicaid fraud scheme.Then 14 of their 23 abortion facilities had to close down or stop doing abortions after legislation passed their legislature that required abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges.

And now, the Texas Legislature is working to take more of Planned Parenthood’s state funding under a base budget proposal that says money for a breast and cervical cancer screening program for women must first go to public entities that provide those types of health assessments.texas17

According to the Texas Tribune, Sen. Jane Nelson, the chief budget writer in the Senate, confirmed that the provision is intended to cut off funding to screeners that also offer abortions. She said, “There are many members that feel very strongly that the facilities that receive that funding should not be facilities that are performing abortions, so the answer is: Don’t perform abortions and you get the money.”

However, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, Sarah Wheat said the provision “looks like it is yet another effort to try to ban Planned Parenthood patients from some of the important programs that we participate in.” She added, “It’s absolutely essential that, especially uninsured women who have a fear or real concern that they may have breast or cervical cancer, have somewhere they can go that they trust.”

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Additionally, earlier this month over 80 House members in the Texas Legislature introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which will revoke taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood to ensure taxpayers are not financing the abortion industry.

One of the lead sponsors of the bill in the House, Diana Black, said, “Planned Parenthood and organizations like it that profit off the destruction of innocent life do not deserve one more dime from American taxpayers. I have been proud to lead the charge against the funding of the big-abortion industry since my first days as a state legislator, and I am honored to continue this fight by reintroducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This legislation would simply clarify the original intent and spirit of the law to ensure that Title X federal funded grants will no longer be awarded to ‘health care’ providers that fail to protect life by providing abortions.”

Unfortunately, the truth is Planned Parenthood isn’t nearly as concerned about women’s health as they are about abortion. In fact, according to Planned Parenthood’s own 2013-2014 annual report abortions rose at their facilities, their cancer prevention services are down 17% over one year, and contraceptive services dropped by 4%. Ultimately, when Planned Parenthood is having a rough time, we should be celebrating because it means they are killing less babies in abortion.