This afternoon the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised the Trump administration’s proposed budget saying:
“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,” said SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Taxpayers should not have to prop up Planned Parenthood’s failing, abortion-centered business model.”
“Just last week Planned Parenthood announced they will close ten of their facilities in four states, even before any portion of their half billion dollars in taxpayer funding is redirected to local community health centers. Community health centers and rural health centers 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. Women will be better served by the new growth of comprehensive health care alternatives.”
The proposal to redirect taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood would result in a $422 million increase in federal funding for community health care 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. 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.