Just days after U.S. Congress passed a bill reversing a rule by President Barack Obama that basically forced states to fund Planned Parenthood, a Pennsylvania state Senator introduced a bill to defund abortion providers in his state.
The Public Opinion reports Pennsylvania Senate Bill 300, sponsored by state Sen. John Eichelberger, would direct the state to prioritize funding to comprehensive health care providers, rather than abortion facilities.
The bill would make public health entities the top priority for taxpayer funding, followed by private hospitals and federally-qualified community health centers, and put abortion groups like Planned Parenthood at the end of the list.
“Effectively, this legislation will favor more conventional healthcare providers over unconventional providers when allocating public funds for women’s health,” Eichelberger said.
In a statement to the local newspaper, Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Sari Stevens criticized the bill as an “attack” on women’s health care.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Nationally, the group aborts about 320,000 unborn babies every year.
An analysis of the Pennsylvania affiliate Planned Parenthood Keystone’s annual reports by the Pennsylvania Family Institute found that it “made a net profit of over $621k in their last reporting year; over 25% of their revenue coming from government grants – i.e. your tax dollars.”
Here’s more from the pro-life group:
In Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood accounts for 55 percent of all abortions. When statewide abortions are at an all-time low, dropping nearly 7,000 annually since 2008, Planned Parenthood has a growing market share on abortion; increasing their annual abortions in PA by over 1,500 since 2008.
By their own reports, over the last four years, Planned Parenthood has been given over $21 million in taxpayer funding. All the while, there are over 300 community health centers throughout Pennsylvania serving women with comprehensive health care.
In late January, the PA Family Institute also caught the abortion group falsely advertising prenatal care on its websites. Planned Parenthood quickly edited its Pennsylvania websites after the report came out.
Federal lawmakers also are working to defund the abortion chain, partially based on recommendations by a congressional committee that investigated Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sales of aborted babies’ body parts.
As LifeNews.com reported, President Donald Trump recently offered to increase Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding if it stopped aborting babies and focused on legitimate, non-abortion healthcare. Planned Parenthood refused.
Planned Parenthood has been caught in numerous scandals involving Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors. Former staffers and patients said it often pushes women to abort their unborn babies, rather than consider parenting or adoption.