New York Mayor Promises City Will Pay for Abortions if Planned Parenthood is Defunded

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 7, 2016   |   4:42PM   |   New York, NY

New York City has a notoriously high abortion rate at 60 percent of its birth rate. For black babies, the rate is even higher. City health statistics indicate that more black babies are aborted in the city than are born.

But those numbers don’t seem to bother Mayor Bill DeBlasio. During a speech on Monday, he promised that the city would help women get “health care” if Congress defunds Planned Parenthood, The Blaze reports. And to DeBlasio, that includes one of Planned Parenthood’s key offerings — abortion.

“If there are threats to federal funding for Planned Parenthood in New York City, we will ensure women receive health care they need,” DeBlasio during his speech Monday at Cooper Union, according to Politico.

Later, the mayor reiterated his statement on Twitter:

DeBlasio essentially promised to use New York taxpayers’ money to pay for women’s abortions, according to The Blaze. Abortion activists and pro-abortion politicians like him believe that aborting an unborn child should be considered an essential part of women’s “health care.”

Abortion is the focus of Planned Parenthood’s business. Every year, it aborts about 320,000 unborn babies across the U.S. At the same time, it also receives about half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding.

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President-elect Donald Trump promised several times to sign a bill to defund the national abortion chain as long as it continues to do abortions. With Republican majorities entering the U.S. House and Senate in 2017, many believe a defunding bill will pass.

Planned Parenthood is not essential to true women’s health care in the U.S. In 2015, Alliance Defending Freedom and the Charlotte Lozier Institute reported there are 13,540 medical clinics providing whole-woman healthcare (and not abortions) in the United States versus the 665 Planned Parenthood facilities, which offer only limited services including abortion.