This topic is truly a double-edged sword. I can honestly see both sides of the argument, and both sides makes some valid points. I tend to fall on the side of the Trump administration, though.
Let start off by saying I do not agree with abortion of any kind unless there are a some exact circumstances involved: Rape or extreme medical issues with the mother. Rape is very obvious. The mother of a child should not be forced to carry and bear the child for the full term if she was forcibly raped by the babies father. Another acceptable circumstance to me is if the mother has some extenuating circumstances medically that may threaten her life or her ability to deliver the baby safely. I won’t pretend to be a doctor by any means, so I won’t go on to list possible medical scenarios because I lack an adequate knowledge in that field, but you get what I’m saying. I’m all for helping women access the medical benefits they need, and making it more affordable too. I just don’t agree with sending funds to an organization that supports abortions without purpose.
It’s this simple: Planned Parenthood is given X amount of federally funded dollars to go towards various women’s health benefits. At the same time, Planned Parenthood is providing oftentimes free or extremely reduced abortions. If the abortions are either free or greatly reduced, how do they pay their doctors? They surely don’t work for free. The instruments needed for the procedure also aren’t provided for free. So, that means they dip into their own funds to allocate them towards abortions. So basically, they’re taking away from other departments of women’s health because they’re paying out money for abortions. SO no, the money the federal government funds them doesn’t go directly towards abortions, but if they weren’t giving abortions away they’d need less federal money in the first place.
Now, to the topic at hand. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has said that if the federal government pulls funds from Planned Parenthood, he will fund them in the Massachusetts state budget going forward. He has been very vocal in his support of women’s health and the importance of it to be funded. This is all after the federal government has launched a series of investigation into hefty claims that Planned Parenthood has used their platform to profit off of abortions by selling the fetal body parts to researchers, which is a felony by the way.
Personally, I’m a supporter of the idea of using the withdrawn federal funds from Planned Parenthood to fund community health centers capable of providing adequate women’s health benefits.
H/T The Blaze
Massachusetts GOP governor vows to cover Planned Parenthood funding if organization is defunded
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has vowed that his administration will cover funding for Planned Parenthood in the Bay State if the organization loses its federal funds, according to Reuters.
Lizzy Guyton, a spokesperson for Baker, said in a statement provided to Reuters that the governor is “a strong supporter of women’s health and believes the commonwealth has a responsibility to ensure access to the important health care services offered by Planned Parenthood in all corners of our state.”
“The administration is prepared to fund these services should the federal government pursue changes that would block care for women and families here in Massachusetts,” Guyton added.
Reuters reported that “about $2 million of the group’s $21.5 million budget in the state comes from reimbursements for services to Medicaid patients.”
Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, the president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, applauded Baker’s position in a statement.
“I thank Governor Baker for his commitment to the health and wellbeing of Planned Parenthood patients,” Childs-Roshak said:
Yet no Governor should be put in position of trying to mitigate attacks on women in his or her state made by Congress. At a time when extreme politicians in Congress want to block millions of people from accessing essential preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers, it is reassuring to see Governor Baker put the health and wellbeing of our communities ahead of politics. Governor Baker’s support for Planned Parenthood’s patients makes clear that women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, and access to affordable health care are all non-partisan issues. I hope his fellow Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C. take note of Governor Baker’s leadership and follow suit.
Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, told the Boston Herald that he is disappointed Baker seems “fixated” on protecting funding for Planned Parenthood when there are over 200 federally qualified community health centers clinics that — unlike Planned Parenthood — don’t perform abortions and have not been accused of trafficking aborted fetal body parts.
In the wake of allegations that Planned Parenthood profited from the sale of aborted fetal body parts — a felony in the United States — the group underwent a congressional investigation. The House Select Panel on Infant Lives made a series of criminal and regulatory referrals during its investigation. Planned Parenthood has maintained that its affiliates acted lawfully and merely facilitated the donation of tissue to researchers.
Republican lawmakers in Washington have indicated that they will seek to redirect funds currently granted to Planned Parenthood to community health centers.