‘We have to be very grateful for the leadership we have…’
(Dan E. Way, Liberty Headlines) New York, the state where lawmakers applauded an abortion law allowing a baby in the womb to be killed up to its due date, has guaranteed Planned Parenthood $15 million to replace federal funding it has rejected.
It refused to comply with a Trump administration rule that prohibits family planning clinics’ use of that funding if they discuss abortion options with patients or refer them to doctors who perform the life-ending procedure.
Title X is a $286 million program. Planned Parenthood received $60 million of that total, the largest single recipient, and served about 40 percent of program participants, National Public Radio reported.
It chose to forfeit the money, saying the rule promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was, in effect, a gag rule.
Although the national organization declined to tell NPR how much of that $60 million went to state clinics, the Daily Gazette newspaper of Schenectady reported New York affiliates’ share was $15 million.
The Daily Gazette said New York’s all-Democratic legislative leadership worked with Planned Parenthood to limit the impact on its patients.
“Unfortunately, we knew that this program has been under attack,” Robin Chappelle Golston, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, told the newspaper.
“We have to be very grateful for the leadership we have,” Chappelle Golston said. “We were able to get a backfill through the Legislature” in the form of a $15 million contingency fund tucked into the 2019-20 budget.
She said the group worked “very closely through this whole process” with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo was silent on the funding issue. A search of his official website turned up no statement.
On Jan. 22, the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, Cuomo signed one of the most expansive abortion laws in the nation. It allowed for late-term abortions to be performed up to the time of delivery, eliminated the requirement that only doctors perform abortions, and decriminalized violence against babies in the womb.
Sarah Weddington, the attorney who argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, was at his side, and Cuomo ordered the One World Trade Center building to be lit up in pink to celebrate.
A video of majority Democratic lawmakers and their supporters in the gallery cheering passage of the law went viral, renewing national debate over the morality of late-term abortions.
Polls show 80 percent of Americans oppose late-term abortions, and 66 percent of pro-choice adults oppose third-term abortions.