Massachusetts may force its taxpayers to send millions of dollars to the Planned Parenthood abortion business once a new federal rule restricting taxpayer funding to abortion groups goes into effect.
The Massachusetts legislation is state lawmakers’ response to President Donald Trump’s new Title X rule, which prohibits abortion providers from receiving the grants unless they completely separate their abortion businesses from their taxpayer-funded services and agree not to promote abortions with the money.
State House News Service reports Massachusetts lawmakers introduced a bill this week to make up the federal cuts with up to $8 million in state taxpayer funds. Most of it would go to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America.
Pro-abortion lawmakers are ramming through the bill with “unusual speed,” according to the New Boston Post. State Senate President Karen Spilka said they hope both houses will pass the bill by Thursday.
“So if the House takes it up on Wednesday, the Senate will be taking it up on Thursday, and get it to the governor’s desk as soon as possible to send the message that we will not allow the federal government to take away women’s rights to plan with their own bodies and for their reproductive rights. We will protect women across Massachusetts,” Spilka said.
The Trump administration rule does not hurt women, though. It hurts the abortion industry. All that the rule does is prohibit taxpayer dollars from directly or indirectly funding abortions. Even abortion providers are still eligible for the funds as long as they completely separate their abortion businesses from the actual health care that they provide.
But pro-abortion lawmakers have been adamant in their claims that the rule will hurt “women’s health care.”
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Gov. Charlie Baker, a pro-abortion Republican, supports the funding bill.
“It’s something we are all very concerned about. We want to make sure that people here in Massachusetts, women, have access to reproductive services, all of them,” he said Monday during a press conference.
The Massachusetts branch of Planned Parenthood sees about 66,000 patients through Title X every year, according to the report. In 2017, it received about $6.1 million through the federal family planning program.
Nationwide, the abortion chain receives about $60 million in Title X funds annually.
Title X funds are supposed to be used to help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings and other health care services. While the tax money cannot be used to pay for abortions, it indirectly funds Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business.
Under the new directive, which will take effect in 60 days, organizations receiving Title X funding have 120 days to financially separate their family planning and abortion operations and one year to physically separate their family planning and abortion operations.
However, a number of states and pro-abortion groups are suing the Trump administration to block the rule. The success of the lawsuits remains uncertain, because there is U.S. Supreme Court precedent supporting similar regulations that were put in place by the Reagan Administration.
ACTION: Contact Massachusetts lawmakers.