WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The cries to defund Planned Parenthood are reaching a fever pitch, and now the organization is closer than ever to losing its federal funding.
On March 6, the congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was unveiled — and it defunds Planned Parenthood (PP).
PP receives over $500 million from tax funds and performs over 300,000 abortions per year.
That same day, President Trump commented, "As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women's health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings."
Trump continued, "Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women's health, while not providing abortion services."
Maggie Haberman of The New York Times claims the White House made an "informal pitch," suggesting PP could still get federal funding if it stops doing abortions.
White House has made an informal pitch to Planned Parenthood — get rid of abortions, keep your funding https://t.co/YQjef2HJ5e— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 6, 2017
Cecile Richards, the president of PP calls abortion a "necessary service":
Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion—a necessary service that's as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings. https://t.co/TWGOcVjBJ4— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) March 6, 2017
In an effort to try to make its business seem necessary, PP has gotten into the hormone therapy business. It is claimed the organization is "indispensable" for so-called transgender health care because "many of their clinics are the only places for miles around that trans people can go to for hormone therapy, HIV tests, and pap smears and not face discrimination."
On March 7, Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York and a steady ally of abortion, repeated the false claim that PP provides mammograms.
Two congressional investigations have concluded, however, that PP and others broke the law by trafficking aborted baby parts and covering it up. The abortion conglomerate has, so far, gone unpunished by government officials.
Several states, like Ohio and Texas, have been successful in introducing more pro-life legislation, but have faced significant pushback by federal judges intent on keeping taxpayer money flowing to PP and the murder of unborn children legal.
Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, calls the move "long overdue," and notes, "Our tax dollars should go to facilities that focus on legitimate health care, not abortion."
He comments, "No woman should have to go to an abortion clinic to get basic health care services. It has always been ironic that this abortion giant uses the word 'parenthood' in its name, despite offering virtually no prenatal care."