In his State of the State speech this evening, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said his state will de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which has been caught selling the body parts of aborted babies.
“We have become the shining city on the hill and the champions for life,” Brownback said.
Brownback signed a bill in 2011 to stop much of the funding the state sends to the abortion giant via the family planning program and Brownback said it’s time to ensure that the belt is tightened even further. He said the decision was spurned by Planned Parenthood’s activities selling aborted baby body parts.
“The time has come to finish the job,” the governor said. “We must keep working to protect our most innocent Kansans, the unborn.”
“Every year since I became governor we have enacted pro-life legislation,” Brownback said. “We have come a long way, but there is still work to be done.”
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Matt told LifeNews that Governor Brownback is to be commended.
Not one more penny should go to Planned Parenthood, a scandal-plagued abortion business that does not provide comprehensive health care services for women. Gov. Brownback’s directive will terminate funding for Planned Parenthood, freeing up money for more widely available and more comprehensive low-cost healthcare options for women and families in Kansas. Taxpayer dollars should not go to organizations with a long track record of abusive and potentially fraudulent billing practices, that have been caught in authenticated undercover videos trafficking aborted babies’ body parts, and that have repeatedly failed to report the sexual abuse of girls. The governor is right to end the state’s relationship with an organization undeserving of its money and unworthy of its trust.”
In 2011, pro-life Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill signed into law a bill that would shift funding away from the Planned Parenthood abortion business and stops abortion funding in health insurance programs. The Kansas Senate passed the measure on a 28-10 vote and the state House followed suit with an 86-30 vote.
The measure had the state budget directing over $300,000 in Title 10 money to local full-service health clinics instead of Planed Parenthood and it places $300,000 into the Stan Clark grant-matched fund for pregnancy support and adoption counseling.
The funding cuts eventually resulted in the Planned Parenthood abortion business closing one of its centers.
While Kansas revoked taxpayer dollars for an abortion business, the Obama administration’s decision hurt women’s health and deprives them of legitimate medical and health care.
According to an AP report: “The federal government reduced its Title X funding to the state by about the $370,000 annually in Title X money that two Planned Parenthood facilities in Wichita and Hays and an unaffiliated clinic in Dodge City had been receiving.”
As AP reports, “Medical providers say that means low-income patients are finding it harder to access birth control, cancer screenings and other reproductive health care services.
“People have fewer places to go, and for those with limited means that may make utilizing those services even more difficult,” said J’Vonnah Maryman, director for public health at the Sedgwick County Health Department.
In terms of the pro-life law de-funding Planned Parenthood, the insurance portion of the legislation prohibits private health insurance companies from forcing enrollees to pay for abortions and it makes those who want to potentially have abortion coverage pay for an insurance rider. It also ensures abortions can’t be paid for with taxpayer dollars through the state exchanges set up under the federal Obamacare health care law.
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