Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar organization that reported record-high abortion numbers earlier this year, stands to benefit hugely if President Joe Biden’s proposed budget passes Congress.
On Friday, Biden announced a budget plan that would increase taxpayer funding to the abortion industry both in the U.S. and abroad. Among other things, the president wants a $340 million (18.7 percent) funding increase for the Title X family planning program. Much of that funding likely would go to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said Biden’s budget would force “taxpayers to bankroll the abortion industry at home and abroad,” even though most Americans strongly oppose it.
“These assaults on innocent life and the very foundations of our country are deeply unpopular and pro-abortion Democrats pursue them at their own political peril,” Dannenfelser said.
Planned Parenthood has been one of the largest recipients of Title X funds for many years. According to NPR, it saw about 40 percent of all Title X patients in recent years.
Under President Donald Trump, however, the abortion chain left the program because of a new rule requiring that it separate its abortion practices from actual health care. In doing so, Planned Parenthood prioritized the killing of unborn babies in abortions above actual health care. But Biden is expected to scrap the rule any time now, meaning Planned Parenthood will be involved with Title X again.
The Title X program provides family planning services to low-income individuals, and Planned Parenthood received about $60 million annually prior to Trump’s pro-life rule. It could receive even more money if Biden’s plan passes.
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“Under his radical Cabinet appointees, funding increases will translate to a payday for abortion giants like Planned Parenthood and [the British-based abortion chain] Marie Stopes International, and greater complicity in human rights abuses around the world,” Dannenfelser responded. “We strongly urge our congressional allies to reject any budget that omits these vital protections.”
A recent Marist poll found that 77 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars to promote abortion overseas, and 58 percent oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the United States.
But taxpayer-funded abortions is a top priority for the abortion industry, and Planned Parenthood spent $45 million to get Biden and other pro-abortion candidates elected in 2020.
The abortion industry is not hurting for money. Planned Parenthood has been reaping in billion-dollar revenues for the past several years. The abortion chain, technically a nonprofit, also payed its CEO a seven-figure salary.
Its latest annual report, which is publicly available online, lists more than 354,000 abortions. This represents about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S.
Meanwhile, the same report shows that many of Planned Parenthood’s actual health services continue to decline. It provided less contraception, sterilizations, cancer screenings, adoption referrals and other women’s health services than the previous year, mirroring a continued downward trend. Its patient numbers also have been dropping steadily over the past decade.
It also has been plagued by scandals. Among other things, Planned Parenthood has been accused of selling aborted baby body parts, botching abortions that killed women, covering up the sexual abuse of minors, discriminating against pregnant and racial minority employees, and exploiting young girls by selling cross-sex hormones.
Still, Planned Parenthood continues to receive more than a half a billion taxpayer dollars each year while maintaining close relationships with some of the top Democrats in government.
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Author: Micaiah Bilger
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