President Trump and other Republicans had repeatedly called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded, but the GOP budget which Congress passed and Trump signed last Friday still fully funds the nation’s largest abortion provider, at taxpayer expense.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, “Taxpayers sent $543.7 million to Planned Parenthood last year, down from $554.6 million in 2016, and government funding accounted for about 40 percent of its $1.46 billion revenue stream, according to its annual report. Private contributions to the group have skyrocketed in recent years as it collected $532.7 million in donations in 2017, an $87 million increase from the year before.”
CNS News reported:
In a letter to pro-lifers during the election, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said “I am committed to … Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.
While the budget provides more funding for community health centers, it also fully funds Planned Parenthood.
The decision to leave taxpayer funding in the budget for Planned Parenthood is being condemned by pro-life groups.
Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs with the March for Life, told CNSNews.com, “For the first time in years the House of Representatives passed Appropriation bills through regular order – however the Senate could not be bothered. The result is a continuation of Obamacare and continued taxpayer funding of a billion dollar abortion industry. Once again making Congress, and taxpayers, culpable, for hundreds of thousands of abortions,” McClusky said in a statement.
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said, “I think it’s repulsive that Republicans would continue to fund Planned Parenthood through any sort of continuing resolution for baby body parts. Their director was forced to resign. Other abortionists have been convicted of various criminal activities, botched abortions, we’ve recorded again and again.
The Free Beacon noted that Planned Parenthood then turns around and contributes millions of dollars to Democratic campaigns:
Planned Parenthood was the 20th-largest outside spender in 2016, shelling out more than $15 million in 2016 in addition to $4 million in contributions with nearly all of the money going to oppose Republicans. Planned Parenthood Votes, the group’s super PAC, spent $12.7 million in 2016 and has already spent $130,000 on the 2018 cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, shelled out $1.46 million in outside spending in 2016 and has spent $908,567 in 2018.
“Think about the insanity of the Republican Party giving half a billion taxpayer dollars to an organization that then goes and spends around $30 million to defeat the same Republican Party in each election cycle,” Schilling said. “Stupid doesn’t even begin to describe what the GOP has done.”