It seems that Republicans are so upset about the Planned Parenthood videos, that haven’t actually shown that they did anything illegal, that they might shut down the government. Specifically they are trying to defund Planned Parenthood:
A stat is adding fuel to the defund Planned Parenthood movement on Capitol Hill: The group receives over a half billion in federal funding every year. Some conservatives are prepared to let the government close its doors if these funds aren’t cut.
The problem? Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive half a billion in federal funds. A review of the organization’s income suggests it’s only a fraction of that. And while experts say figuring out an exact budget number is a near impossible feat, it is not even in the $500 million ballpark.
But the myth abounds, and it is animating the latest drama on Capitol Hill. “Could you please tell us why Planned Parenthood needs to get over half a billion dollars of federal funding every year when there are other pressing needs, such as feeding hungry children, that maybe we should put that money into?” Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) asked at yesterday’s congressional hearing on the group.
“The United States is virtually borrowing a half a billion dollars from China and funneling that money through to Planned Parenthood,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) added.
The likely source of this myth is a Planned Parenthood report that states it receives just over $500 million in public funds, which include grants from the federal government, states, and local governments.
It turns out that most of the money comes from Medicaid (this is from 2012, go to page 41), about $400 million.
Now think about that: Medicaid reimburses for services rendered. This means that a patient goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic and the government reimburses them. And Republicans want to tell these patients that they can’t go to the Planned Parenthood clinic. Republicans want Big Government to decide where they can go.
Additionally, in 2012, PPFA affiliates provided nearly 11 million medical services related to reproductive health. (See table 11.) According to PPFA, as of 2014, affiliates’ health centers served over 2.8 million individuals, 83 percent of whom were age 20 or older. Also, among the individuals served, 79 percent had incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections accounted for the largest proportion of medical services provided by affiliates (41 percent). Contraceptive services and other women’s health services followed at 34 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Abortion services accounted for 3 percent of affiliate medical services.
What a terrible organization, providing subsidized family planning services (contraceptives) which helped prevent hundreds of thousands of abortions:
Surveying data from the 2006 fiscal year, the report says the national family planning program prevented 1.94 million unintended pregnancies, including almost 400,000 teen pregnancies. Based on statistical analysis and projections, these pregnancies would have resulted in 860,000 unintended births, 810,000 abortions and 270,000 miscarriages, according to the report.
Without publicly funded family planning, it said, the U.S. abortion rate would be nearly two-thirds higher, and nearly twice as high among poor women.
• More than 9 million women — including nearly 2 million under 20 — received publicly funded contraceptive services in 2006.
• Six in 10 women who use a family planning center consider it their basic source of health care. The services they receive often include pelvic and breast exams, tests for HIV, screenings for reproductive cancers, high blood pressure and diabetes and referrals to other health providers.
• Public expenditures for family planning in 2006 totaled $1.85 billion, with 71% of the funds coming from the joint federal-state Medicaid program. Twenty-seven states have expanded eligibility for family planning for low-income women who otherwise wouldn’t qualify for Medicaid.
They also are a major provider of subsidized STD testing and treatment, again what a terrible organization.