Abortion Opponents Lobby to Remove Planned Parenthood Funding
Anti-choice forces are aiming to end government subsidies received by Planned Parenthood that total $335 million a year. Claiming that these funds indirectly finance abortions, The Family Research Council has developed a toolkit to help anti-choice forces lobby government officials to take "a second look" at Planned Parenthood's need for funding. The argument for defunding Planned Parenthood also cites the organizationís revenue and the budget crises faced by many state and local governments.
"We're very limited as to what we can do but on the local level, there are a lot of victories to be had," said Thomas McClusky, Vice President of Government Affairs at The Family Research Council. Scott Tibbs, an anti-choice activist told the Wall Street Journal, "The money needs to go to local organizations that actually need it and donít have the backing of a multimillion-dollar organization."
Described as a "lifeline for millions of people," Planned Parenthood states, according to the Daily Women's Health Policy Report that funds received from state and local governments subsidizes non-abortion related healthcare, including contraception, cancer screenings and sex education to low-income women. Losing this funding would cause fees for services to rise and could eventually result in an increased cost to taxpayers. Subsidized health services are especially needed during the current economic crisis, Planned Parenthood argues, given that increasing numbers of Americans do not have health care coverage.
Media Resources: Wall Street Journal 12/10/08; National Partnership for Women & Families 12/10/08; RH Reality Check 12/10/08
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .