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Planned Parenthood Gets the Axe in Trump’s New Budget

This week, President Trump announced a budget for 2018 that cuts all funding from Planned Parenthood.

Nonprofit Planned Parenthood offers contraception information and performs abortions, but it’s the abortions that the Trump administration wishes to eliminate.

The story surfaced this week on Breitbart News when a reporter spoke with Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney noted that for any changes to go through, the Senate would first have to approve Trump’s Republication healthcare legislation.

The House already agreed on such legislation. Until the Senate does though, Trump’s healthcare reform isn’t law.

Still, Trump, Mulvaney, and the rest of the Republican party are confident the legislation will see approval. Trump’s already announced his fiscal year budget for 2018. Such a budget is filled with many changes for the United States over the coming year and beyond, tackling issues such as repairing “economy stagnation,” spending and job growth, defense and border security, public and private infrastructure, and student loan programs.

According to Breitbart News, Mulvaney answered positively about plans to cut Planned Parenthood funding under Trump’s 2018 budget. He stated that the budget “… assumes the American Health Care Act passes and the AHCA in its current form, which is the one we assumed — and that’s making a bunch of assumptions, here — that it assumes that passes and that defunds Planned Parenthood,” he said.

As one could imagine, the reactions to such a budget announcement and the potential end of Planned Parenthood have been mixed.

Emily’s List chief of staff Kate Black shared her thoughts on social media network Twitter. “FACT: Trump cuts @PPact from ALL programs including VAWA [Violence Against Women Act] grants, cancer screenings, HIV research, Zika prevention, and maternal health,” she tweeted.

Mother Jones, a liberal magazine that declares itself pro-abortion, also wrote publicly about the budget proposal. The magazine read through the available executive summary of the budget proposal to do so.

“In practice, this will mean that Planned Parenthood and other entities that provide abortions would suddenly be excluded from participating in the full array of federally funded health programs, even though it is already illegal for federal money to pay for most abortions, thanks to the Hyde amendment,” said the magazine.

While there have been opponents of the proposed budget, there have been plenty of proponents, too, such as pro-life grassroots organization Susan B. Anthony List and its president Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“Taxpayers should not have to prop up Planned Parenthood’s failing, abortion-centered business model,” she said. “From day one, President Trump has worked to keep his pro-life promises, including stopping taxpayers from being forced to fund abortion and abortion businesses. We’re encouraged to see that the budget released today prevents federal funds from going to the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood.”

The opponents of Trump’s budget cannot decline the hard facts. The Susan B. Anthony List crunched some numbers and deduced that Trump cutting Planned Parenthood funding “would result in a $422 million increase in federal funding for community healthcare centers, which enjoy strong bipartisan support, avoid provision of abortion, and now serve nearly 24.3 million people (and climbing) in medically underserved communities across the United States.”

The organization continued: “At the same time, women receiving Medicaid can continue to use their eligibility at centers where they can also obtain mammograms, mental health services, and a variety of other primary care services.”

The Future of Planned Parenthood

While pro-choice opponents of Trump continue to detest his proposed plan for Planned Parenthood, Dannenfelser brings up a good point.

Planned Parenthood, even with its current level of funding, has had to shutter 10 facilities. She mentioned how the nonprofit receives “a portion of their half-billion dollars in taxpayer funding” which “is redirected to local community health centers.”

“Women will be better served by the new growth of comprehensive healthcare alternatives,” Dannenfelser added.

She noted that these rural and community health centers have grown in recent years. These “outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by an average of 20 to one nationally and provide the preventative care that Planned Parenthood claims to provide but do not perform abortion.”

Those who were questioning whether Trump was truly committed to pro-life goals as he had claimed are starting to realize where his loyalties lie. After all, Trump has already allowed some states to cease abortion funding, passing that into law.

~ 1776 Christian

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