Planned Parenthood Would Need to Quit Abortion to Keep Federal FundingBy Darlene Powers Mar 09, 2017
But no federal money is spent on abortion services, which only take up 3 per cent of Planned Parenthood's total budget, and the health service was quick to condemn the informal offer as a thinly veiled threat. Without it, some 2.5 million people will lose access to reproductive health care, and unplanned pregnancies and abortions - at their lowest levels in decades - may rise, they said.
A Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act released this week includes a section stipulating that any agency that provides abortions other than in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother can not receive federal reimbursement through Medicaid. Trump stated that he plans to increase the amount of funding given to health organizations that provide vital health services like cancer screenings.
Trump, who in 1999 declared himself "very pro-choice", said during the presidential campaign a year ago that he had evolved on the issue and abortions should be banned except in instances of rape or incest of the woman. Nineteen national polls since 2015 show the majority of Americans support Planned Parenthood-including 50 percent of those who voted for President Donald Trump.
It might come as a surprise to Senator Dan Sullivan that most women who use the services provided by Planned Parenthood Health Centers do so because they need low-priced care and have nowhere else to turn. Therefore, any woman who wants or needs an abortion will have to cover the cost - anywhere from a few hundred dollars for a very early abortion to tens of thousands of dollars for a middle trimester abortion - our of their own pockets.
But Mr. President, you and your administration can't deny your twisted intentions of only providing federal funds for Planned Parenthood if it abides by your pro-life agenda of discontinuing abortions, even if it means putting millions of women at risk. However, the White House has recently proposed to continue funding Planned Parenthood if it were to end its abortion services, and this is where it all implodes.
This latest development, however, speaks volumes about the tension between the highly conservative government, and figures such as Ivanka Trump, who has advised her father to be careful with women's issues in the past.
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During the electoral campaign, Mr Trump was slightly more positive towards Planned Parenthood than some of his rivals.
Some patients, Rosenbaum says, are unwilling to use a clinic that, by design, serves the whole family. "It has always been ironic that this abortion giant uses the word "parenthood" in its name, despite offering virtually no prenatal care".
Kathleen Sebelius, former secretary of health and human services under Obama, said she finds the plan "baffling".
What's more, Hiltzik notes that the ACHA "forbids spending federal tax subsidies on health plans that include coverage of abortion, even if the customer doesn't get an abortion".
Trump and the Republicans rewriting the health care law are willing to kill women in order to punish Planned Parenthood.
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