Planned Parenthood will be one of four organizations to receive a grant from a Maternal and Child Health Program in Ohio, as reported last week by WKBN 27 First News in Youngstown.
The Mahoning County District Board of Health awarded a $1,200 grant to the abortion group for its My Baby’s Number One Medicaid Program, as well as total annual funds of $234,857, according to the report.
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau is a national program committed to supporting healthcare and research benefitting women and children in underserved communities.
The Mahoning County Board of Health has several goals for improving health in its communities through the grants, including improving problems with infant mortality and birth outcome inequities (such that infant mortality in Mahoning County meets national goals while eliminating disparity between white and black births). The national goals include reduction of fetal and infant deaths at 20 or more weeks of gestation and perinatally defined as 28 weeks of gestation to seven days post-birth.
In offering funds to Planned Parenthood, some may assume the funds would help “increase access to healthcare” and address the local governing board’s goals regarding infant mortality. WKBN also reported that the taxpayer funds would go toward hiring three employees and purchasing supplies for Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood does provide non-abortion services, including prenatal tests and adoption referrals, but its main business is abortion. The abortion group does about 320,000 abortions a year, more than any other group in the U.S.
Its annual reports indicate that it emphasizes abortion, too. A Susan B. Anthony List analysis of Planned Parenthood’s 2011-2012 report found that 92 percent of pregnant women who go to Planned Parenthood get abortions – rather than prenatal care or adoption information.
More than half a billion taxpayer dollars annually already goes to Planned Parenthood, and there is little information reported by WKBN or Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio about how exactly these funds will be spent, whether on true services intended to promote the health of unborn babies and moms in Mahoning County or to fund abortions (directly or indirectly).
How does a company whose business model is financed by abortion or who even offers abortion as part of its services fit the vision and mission of the Material and Child Health Bureau, seeking to improve birth outcomes, or the infant mortality and birth outcome inequity goals as defined by Mahoning County? How does funding America’s largest abortion chain improve birth outcomes in Mahoning County regardless of race or ethnicity?
The goals for these funds could have been better achieved if allocated to one of the two general hospitals in the county, Akron Children’s Hospital or the Mahoning County Board of Health, instead of an abortion group responsible for millions of unborn babies’ deaths.