Planned Parenthood is reaching its claws into our government representatives yet again. They’re probably working overtime to make sure any pro-life measures, like defunding PP, are stripped from the new healthcare law. We expect this from Democrats, but even some of the Republicans are vowing they won’t vote for the bill if it includes language to remove government subsidies of PP. Here is their treachery:
“I don’t think it makes sense to have the defunding of Planned Parenthood linked to this issue at all,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), according to The Hill. “If the House Republicans want to bring it up, it should be in a separate bill. I would oppose that bill, but it further complicates the negotiations to have it included in this bill.”
In February, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced she would not be voting with fellow Republicans for an Obamacare repeal bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.
“Taxpayer dollars should never be used to pay for abortions, but I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides,” she said.
“It’s illogical for any senator to claim she does not want tax dollars being used to fund abortion, while at the same time insisting that the federal government continue to lavish money on Planned Parenthood,” Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a policy advisor for The Catholic Association, tells Breitbart News.
“As long as Planned Parenthood continues to perform abortions, and especially as long as abortion is their core business, they should not receive the hard-earned money of American taxpayers,” she adds. “Any tax money redirected to Comprehensive Community Health Centers from the abortion giant will only enhance and increase medical services for low-income women.”
Members of the pro-life base of the GOP have stood by for years as GOP congressional leaders have explained they would need to wait for a Republican-controlled Senate and a Republican president in the White House to eliminate taxpayer funding for the nation’s largest abortion business. With Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and a Republican administration now in place in the White House, the expectation is that goal will finally be realized.
Liberal Republican members of Congress, however, have placed their support for Planned Parenthood ahead of their party’s attempts to pass other legislation in the past.
Murkowski joined Collins and former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in 2015 to try to remove a provision to end Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding from the Obamacare repeal bill.
In 2011, Collins received a personal “thank-you” letter from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, who expressed her gratitude that the Maine senator voted to continue funding her abortion business
Pro-life groups are analyzing the prospective new law. Life Site News wonders: Will Trump’s Obamacare replacement REALLY defund Planned Parenthood? Life Legal Defense Foundation lists some of the changes and their interpretation:
House Republicans have finally unveiled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to replace the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” aka Obamacare. Life Legal has been sifting through the bill to determine how it would impact federal funding for abortionists, especially Planned Parenthood.
1. The AHCA places a one-year ban on all payments to “prohibited entities,” which are narrowly defined as non-profit abortion providers that receive more than $350 million in federal taxpayer funding annually—i.e., Planned Parenthood. This means that, for one year, the nation’s largest abortion provider would not receive Medicaid reimbursement for any of its services. Medicaid reimbursements account for the lion’s share of the $550+ million Planned Parenthood receives each year from U.S. taxpayers.
2. For AHCA purposes, any insurance plan that offers abortion coverage is not a “Qualified Health Plan,” meaning federal tax credits cannot be used to purchase plans that include abortion coverage. The Los Angeles Times reported that “virtually all health plans” in California would be ineligible for purchase with tax credits, pursuant to a state law requiring any plan that provides maternity coverage to include abortion coverage.
3. Small businesses can no longer receive expense credits for plans that include abortion coverage.
THE GOOD: •Planned Parenthood would lose approximately $490 million in federal funds, which represents about 38% of its total annual budget.
•No taxpayer funds will be used to pay for insurance plans with abortion coverage.
THE BAD: •The Planned Parenthood funding ban is only for one year. Also, other abortion providers will continue to receive state Medicaid reimbursement for abortions.
•Individuals and small businesses can still buy out-of-pocket abortion coverage.
The Republican-controlled Senate may not have enough votes to pass the AHCA with the pro-life provisions intact. House Republicans want to try to get the bill through the Senate using the budget reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority of 51 votes. However, two of the 52 Republican senators—Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine—said they will not vote for any health care legislation that restricts abortion coverage. Unless one of them changes her mind, no pro-life bills or amendments are likely to pass the Senate during this term.
Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins sounds more optimistic: “while pieces of the bill may be negotiable, the White House has assured me that the portion stripping Planned Parenthood’s tax dollars is not one of them.”
Who would trust their health care to a group that doesn’t know anything about medicine? Try the U.S. government. For years, they’ve been funneling billions of dollars to an organization that can’t even answer basic questions on pregnancy: Planned Parenthood.
In an interview that should have been embarrassing for any group (let alone one trying to defend its half-billion dollars in taxpayer funding), Tucker Carlson asked questions that should have been easy for any “expert” in women’s health to answer. “You work for the country’s biggest abortion provider,” Tucker said to Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens. “If you can hear the heartbeat of this thing, this fetus, what is it?” he asked. “Is it a piece of tissue or is it a separate human being?” Well, she replied, “I think that’s up to each individual to decide.” Surprised, Tucker tried again. “This is at the core of what you do — you’re the biggest abortion provider in the United States. It’s not like you haven’t thought of this,” he pressed. Laguens paused and said again, “I think that’s up to each individual to decide.”
And this is an organization that’s supposed to be on the cutting edge of women’s health? A group that says “feelings” — not settled science — define human reality? Unfortunately, this is the kind of “create your own truth” thinking your tax dollars make possible.
Meanwhile, in a deft move, President Trump has offered to keep the cash flowing to Cecile Richards’s group. There’s just one condition: Planned Parenthood would have to stop performing abortions. In a revealing reply, Richards called the idea “obscene and insulting.” No, what’s obscene is a group that destroys more than 330,000 innocent unborn children a year — in large part because our tax dollars help them keep the other side of the business afloat. Carlson touched on the organization’s obsession with abortion in his sit-down with Laguens. “[Why is abortion] so important to Planned Parenthood that you’re willing to forgo half a billion dollars a year in federal subsidies?” he wanted to know. She stumbled through a response about not being “bullied.”