BLOGStates Leading Washington, D.C. on Defunding Planned Parenthood

By Alliance Defending Freedom Posted on: | August 14, 2015

By Casey Mattox 

Americans do not want their taxpayer dollars funding the nation’s leading abortionist – and they won’t wait on D.C. to act. Over the last few years, many states have curbed the taxpayer dollars that abortionists like Planned Parenthood and its affiliates receive, but Planned Parenthood continues to receive Medicaid reimbursements and other substantial taxpayer funding totaling over a half billion each year.

Fortunately, with the recent actions by Louisiana, Alabama, New Hampshire, and now Arkansas, at least 16 states or local governments have substantially reduced taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood. Here are some examples:

  • ALABAMA

    On August 6, 2015, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced that he was terminating Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider agreement.

  • ARIZONA

    In 2012, Arizona’s passed the Whole Woman’s Healthcare Funding Prioritization Act which would have blocked taxpayer funding of abortionists like Planned Parenthood. However, the Ninth Circuit decided against Arizona in 2013.

    Arizona does not allow abortion businesses to receive Title X Family Planning funds. However, Planned Parenthood can still receive funds for “family planning.”

  • ARKANSAS
    On August 14, 2015, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison ordered the state's Department of Health Services to terminate Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Provider Agreement. The order states in part, "It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them. This includes their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma."

  • FLORIDA

    Planned Parenthood may also be funded by your county or municipal government. And it can be defunded there too. In 2012, St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council (CSC) revoked funding to Planned Parenthood. The decision removed nearly a half million dollars from the local Planned Parenthood affiliate and provided those funds to local charities serving children.

  • INDIANA

    In 2011 Indiana stripped Planned Parenthood of all state-controlled funding, including state Medicaid funds. However, after the Obama Administration interpreted the Medicaid statute to not permit Indiana to exclude Planned Parenthood, the courts deferred to the Administration’s interpretation and held that the Indiana law could not be enforced.

    Indiana continues to deny abortionists Title X Family Planning funds.

  • KANSAS

    In 2011, Kansas redirected Title X Family Planning Funds from Planned Parenthood to public health clinics that do not do abortions.

    A federal appeals court ruled that Kansas could strip funding to these two Planned Parenthood clinics, and Planned Parenthood dropped its legal challenge in May of 2014.

  • LOUISIANA

    On August 3, 2015, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals would terminate Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider agreement.

  • MICHIGAN

    In 2012, Michigan enacted a law which prioritizes allocation of funds for family planning and other programs to agencies that do not engage in or support elective abortions.

  • NEW HAMPSHIRE

     In June 2011, New Hampshire denied a Title X sub-grant to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, in part because of concerns that the affiliate was improperly using the funds to subsidize its abortion business and was not being transparent about its activities. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responded by directly providing Planned Parenthood a non-competitive replacement grant. HHS has since refused to provide information about this grant in response to open records requests. That matter is now pending in the United States Supreme Court.

    In August 2015 New Hampshire cancelled Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contract in response to the video evidence of potential violations of federal law revealed by the Center for Medical Progress.  

  • NEW JERSEY

    Since 2010 New Jersey has eliminated close to $10 million in state funds to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood continues to receive Medicaid reimbursements and other taxpayer funding in New Jersey.

  • NORTH CAROLINA

    In 2011, North Carolina legislature barred Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from receiving any funding from programs administered by the state Department of Health and Human Services. A North Carolina court enjoined the law, allowing Planned Parenthood to be funded under those programs.

    In 2012, North Carolina’s budget redirected state controlled family planning funding (Title X) from Planned Parenthood to public health agencies that do not do abortions. That restriction remains in place. Planned Parenthood nevertheless obtained a direct grant from the Obama Administration, but North Carolina taxpayers have washed their hands of direct involvement in funding Planned Parenthood through Title X funds.   

  • OHIO

    In 2013, Ohio enacted a 2-year budget, which creates a prioritization for the distribution of taxpayer funds used for family planning, including funds received from the federal government, giving priority to public health departments over Planned Parenthood. Other taxpayer funds, including Medicaid payments, continue to go to Planned Parenthood.

  • OKLAHOMA

    In 2013, Oklahoma prevented family planning clinics not affiliated with health departments (including Planned Parenthood) from receiving state family planning funds, social service grants, Title X funds, and federal maternal and child health grants.

  • TENNESSEE

    Tennessee counties, with the encouragement of the Governor, redirected Title X grants they controlled to public health agencies and away from Planned Parenthood. However, the Obama Administration bypassed the decision of the elected representatives in Tennessee and directly granted funds to Planned Parenthood.  

  • TEXAS

    In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed a series of amendments to the budget which cut Planned Parenthood funding by approximately $47 million.

    Texas also defunded Planned Parenthood and others doing elective abortions from their Medicaid Women's Health Program. The federal government stripped Texas of their Women’s Health Program Medicaid funding, but Texas funded the program with state tax dollars in order to preserve their ban on Planned Parenthood Funding. Texas’s exclusion of Planned Parenthood was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

    Texas also does not allow Title X Family Planning funds to go to abortion providers. The law sets forth specific requirements for separation of family planning agencies from abortion providers and prioritizes family planning funds to public entities and private organizations that, unlike Planned Parenthood, provide comprehensive health care.

    In May 2015, Texas reallocated its state taxpayer funds for breast and cervical cancer services to prioritize other clinics providing more comprehensive services over Planned Parenthood and other family planning centers for receiving grants.

    Planned Parenthood continues to receive substantial Medicaid reimbursements from state and federal taxpayers in Texas.

  • UTAH
    On August 14, 2015, Governor Gary Herbert instructed the Utah Department of Health to cease distributing federal grants to Planned Parenthood.

  • WISCONSIN

    Since 2011, Wisconsin has prohibited certain state funds from going to abortionists. Planned Parenthood continues to receive Medicaid reimbursements and other taxpayer funds in Wisconsin.

 

Take Action:

ADF will continue to work to expose the truth about Planned Parenthood, and stop the taxpayer funding of abortion and the selling of baby parts for profit, but we need your help. Visit ADFlegal.org/DefundPP today to see the whole story and find out how you can get involved in the movement to defund Planned Parenthood.

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