Mayors Tell Congress: Defunding Planned Parenthood Hurts Poor People, So Fund the Biz That Aborts Their Babies

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 11, 2017   |   5:51PM   |   Washington, DC

Mayors from more than 100 cities across the United States came to the defense of the abortion chain Planned Parenthood this week.

In a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders Wednesday, the pro-abortion mayors urged lawmakers to continue giving hundreds of millions of tax dollars to the abortion chain, supposedly to help low-income women, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

The House voted last week to defund Planned Parenthood of more than $390 million in federal taxpayer funding. The measure also redirects funding to community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to one and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortions. The overall health care bill also would replace Obamacare and repeal Obamacare abortion subsidies, add reforms to give states more flexibility and lower costs, and provide families more options.

On Wednesday, the mayors slammed the legislation in their letter to Congress, calling it a “blatant attack on health care access.” The letter is signed by 106 mayors from 28 states, according to the report.

They include the mayors of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Orlando, Nashville and Minneapolis.

“Defunding Planned Parenthood would have a devastating effect, preventing millions of people with Medicaid coverage from accessing basic health care including birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers,” the letter said.

Later, the mayors’ letter continued, “Because of the role Planned Parenthood plays in communities across the country, and because of the role they have played in the lives of millions of Americans, people overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood and strongly oppose defunding efforts.”

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Let’s break down those claims.

First, one of Planned Parenthood’s key roles has been to destroy the lives of millions of unborn Americans through abortion. The abortion chain performs about 300,000 abortions a year, more than any other group in the United States.

Second, the legislation to defund Planned Parenthood would ensure low-income people have access to quality health care by redirecting funds to federally-qualified community health centers. These health care facilities outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by more than 20 to one and offer more comprehensive care.

Third, Planned Parenthood offers only limited non-abortion health services. Its cancer screenings, for example, have been dropping rapidly over the past few years, according to the abortion group’s own annual reports. Recent investigations indicate the abortion chain basically does not offer prenatal care, and it only offers ultrasounds to pregnant women who want abortions. Patients can find much more comprehensive health care at community health centers, which will receive additional funding to help more patients under the legislation.

Fourth, Americans do not support taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood when they learn the truth about its abortion practices. A January poll by Susan B. Anthony List found that a majority of voters in 2018 Senate battleground states oppose giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

Finally, Planned Parenthood could have avoided this whole fight by stopping its abortion practices and focusing on real health care for women, but it refused to do so.

As reported, President Donald Trump made an offer to the Planned Parenthood abortion company to support an increase in taxpayer funding if it would stop killing babies in abortions and focus on legitimate non-abortion healthcare. Planned Parenthood said no.

If these mayors truly want to serve their constituents, they should support real health care for women and families, not an abortion chain that destroys hundreds of thousands of babies’ lives each year.