When the Trump administration says it’s going to stop funding Planned Parenthood, it means it’s not going to end funding for women’s health care
In a speech that took place before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price made it clear that the Trump Administration is not planning to stop supporting Planned Parenthood.
In his remarks, Price said that he was going to use his budget authority to eliminate a number of Planned Parenthood affiliates that he said were “diluting the services that our people provide” and that are “defamatory” to women’s healthcare.
“It’s clear that President Trump is not going away from Planned Parenthood and we’ll continue to fight to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood,” Price said.
“And the administration is also going to be working with Congress to stop taxpayer funding to organizations that promote discrimination against women, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“I’m going to go to Congress to get it stopped,” Price continued.
“Because I don’t think we have any other way.”
The House is scheduled to vote on a bill that would cut Planned Parenthood’s funding by nearly $500 million.
This comes after the House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood by the end of the year.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and co-sponsored by Reps.
Brenda Lawrence (D, NJ), Louise Slaughter (D) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D–FL).
The bill would cut $50 million from the federal government’s Planned Parenthood funding by the year 2020, which is roughly the same amount of money the Obama administration had planned to cut by that time.
The $50 billion in Planned Parenthood cuts would come on top of a $1.4 billion cut that the Obama Administration made in 2017, after the 2016 presidential election, which was ultimately not included in the budget resolution the House passed.
Price did not mention the 2018 election by name, but he made it very clear that he intended to end Planned Parenthood support.
“This will be a critical step to ending taxpayer support of Planned Health Alliance and other health care providers that violate women’s rights, and it will also allow the Trump government to make a commitment to stop making billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars,” Price stated.
“These organizations have made significant efforts to undermine women’s access to healthcare, to undermine access to abortion and to promote harmful policies and tactics to advance discrimination against vulnerable women.”
He added, “The president has made it crystal clear that taxpayer money will not be used to fund these organizations.”
Planned Parenthood also receives a large amount of taxpayer funding from Medicaid and Title X. While Planned Parenthood does not receive federal funding for these funds, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Health (CRH) said that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America does, because the group is “under federal jurisdiction.”
As the Center pointed out, the Hyde Amendment bars federal funding from paying for abortions or related services.
“Planned Parenthood is not a health care provider, it is a government organization that performs abortions,” CRH Senior Counsel Stephanie McCrummen told The Intercept.
“Under the Hyde amendment, it would be illegal for Planned Pregnancy Centers, which are primarily government-owned entities, to receive Medicaid or Title X funds.
These are the only federal funds that Planned Parenthood receives, and if the federal Government continues to fund Planned Parenthood without a public accommodation exemption, the organization will be unable to continue providing these services.”
Planned Pivot: The Anti-Abortion Movement on the Rise Again and Again in 2017 In 2017, the Trump White House released a statement saying that the administration was “ending its relationship with Planned Parenthood.”
“The Trump administration is ending its relationship to Planned Parenthood,” it read.
“We will stop funding organizations that discriminate against women.”
The statement came after Trump announced that he had pulled funding from Planned PIV in 2019 and that he would “begin a review of all federal funding to Planned PP, including Planned Parenthood” that was used to pay for abortions.
“The Hyde Amendment, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, prohibits federal funding of abortion, which means that Planned PP is not eligible for federal funds,” McCrumman said.
But it is not just the Hyde Law that is causing concern.
The Trump administration has also cut off federal funds for Planned PP in the past.
As the New York Times noted in April 2017, Trump had “decided to terminate federal funds from Planned PP after he declared his intent to defund the organization, citing its role in funding Planned Contraception, which he claimed had been “put into place by Planned Parenthood as a result of a federal funding decision.
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Since then, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has terminated all Planned Parenthood grant contracts, including the $300,000 Planned Parenthood abortion contract that expired in 2020,” the Times noted.
The Center for Medical Progress reported in