Welcome back to our blog series, Planned Parenthood and the Factory Abortion Industry. Last week, we explained the connection between the Protect Life Rule and Title X’s original intent. This week, our blog focuses upon Planned Parenthood’s greed and their decision to marginalize women with low incomes.
Straining Women’s Finances Even Further
In the U.S., Planned Parenthood is one of about 100 groups that run hundreds of clinics receiving Title X funds. Planned Parenthood traditionally serves 40 percent of the 4 million women with low incomes who benefit from Title X; however, the national network of clinics bowed out of funding in August 2019 because of the Protect Life Rule’s insistence on adherence to Title X stipulations. Particularly, the stipulations barred Title X grantees from providing abortion. (Note: A grantee is an organization which receives Title X funds.) Planned Parenthood has 400 clinics nationwide that have foregone Title X funds. Approximately $60 million in Title X funds annually has gone to Planned Parenthood.
The Trump administration addressed Planned Parenthood’s decision to forego Title X funding as a “self-inflicted” injury. Planned Parenthood plans to make up the financial shortfall by tapping into reserves and reaching out to private donors for funding. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) website states that Planned Parenthood “is actually choosing to place a higher priority on the ability to refer for abortion instead of continuing to receive federal funds to provide a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services to clients in need of these services.”
In states like Minnesota, areas of New Hampshire, Utah and Vermont, Planned Parenthood is virtually the sole Title X provider for women’s health services. Thus, these states will have patients forced to pay higher fees. “This means that women are going to have to struggle with maybe trying to come up with $10 to contribute to their health care when before they only had $5” stated Karrie Galloway, chief executive officer and president of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.
Rural Women With Low Incomes Set To Suffer Most
Smaller health clinics, especially in rural locations, that have no connection to Planned Parenthood will be particularly hard hit by a refusal to comply with the Protect Life Rule. Without Planned Parenthood’s extensive donor list, rural clinics will have to search for funds elsewhere.
The decision by large conglomerates like Planned Parenthood and smaller rural clinics to forego Title X funds so they can continue offering and providing abortions is ominous. Their actions paint a dismal picture of the value placed upon human life and women’s health. The current situation certainly sheds light upon an expanding hole left among women’s health services providers and, thus, an opportunity for faith-based clinics to meet women’s health care needs.
Planned Parenthood Worships The Almighty Dollar
So why has Planned Parenthood chosen now to turn its back on women with low incomes? Title X funds enabled Planned Parenthood’s abortion focus to be unencumbered until the Protect Life Rule demanded they separate Title X resources from abortion services. “Money is fungible,” points out Jeanneane Maxon, associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Maxon notes that “Money designated for one purpose (e.g., family planning) necessarily frees up funds for other purposes (e.g., abortion/abortion referrals). As such, organizations that provide abortions or abortion referrals have consistently opposed measures that require them to bifurcate or designate Title X funding . . . Such organizations have prioritized reliance on abortion as a method of family planning over the provision of Title X-funded services to women seeking assistance with family planning.” Clearly, Planned Parenthood is sincerely interested in abortions and money.