Trump Budget Deal Funds Planned Parenthood

Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Trump Budget Deal Funds Planned Parenthood

Trump Budget Deal Funds Planned Parenthood


President Donald Trump’s new spending deal, approved by Congress, will continue to fund Planned Parenthood through December 8.

The spending law will continue Title X and Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood from Sept. 30, when Fiscal 2017 ends, until Dec. 8.

According to CNSNews.com, this is the third spending deal that Trump has approved that funds Planned Parenthood, even though he promised during campaigning to defund the organization as long as it provided abortions.

The bill passed in the Senate with 80-17 vote and in the House with a 316-90 vote. Trump signed the law Friday.

Trump did submit a budget proposal to Congress earlier this year that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, but the proposal never became law.

Planned Parenthood’s revenue in the 2015-2016 year was about $1.3 billion with about 41 percent of that coming from “government health-services reimbursements and grants.”

Their annual report also said that the organization provided more than 328,000 abortions in the year that ended in September 2015.

The law, however, prohibits using the funds for abortion procedures.

“Title X critics argue that federal funds should be withheld from any organization that performs abortions, such as PPFA,” said a Congressional Research Service report. “They argue that federal funding for nonabortion activities frees up Planned Parenthood’s other resources for its abortion activities.”

 

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Publication date: September 12, 2017

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