South Carolina Takes Funds Away from Planned Parenthood
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2017-09-06

The American public wants taxpayer money taken away from Planned Parenthood. 

This fact was made absolutely clear in the last presidential election and in the continued loud outcry this year. While the Trump administration has made several attempts to make this happen, including writing the defunding into all versions of a reconciliation bill and submitting a proposed budget for the next fiscal year that excludes PP funding, Congress has been slow to act.

However, several individual states have decided to take matters into their own hands. We told you previously that Texas has stopped funding PP and has applied for a Medicaid waiver to receive federal Medicaid funds so it would not be forced to give any of those funds to any abortion provider—including Planned Parenthood. Now, the state of South Carolina has joined in the fight. On August 25, Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order preventing any abortionists in the state from receiving any state or local money. The governor also asked the South Carolina Medicaid program to ask the federal government for permission to take abortion facilities out of its provider network.

In taking these actions, the governor stated: “South Carolina has a strong culture and longstanding tradition of protecting the life and liberty of the unborn." 

LifeSiteNews reported that Governor McMaster said: “There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women's health and family planning services without performing abortions. . . . Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood."

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Health and Environmental Control will publicly list all qualified non-abortion women's health and family planning providers operating within a 25 mile radius of any abortion facility excluded from the state's Medicaid provider network.

As Texas and South Carolina are now demonstrating, although the national Democratic Party seems to have a stranglehold on the federal purse strings, states are perfectly capable of taking action on their own.

Congratulations to Governor McMaster and the political leaders of South Carolina. We pray that the overwhelming majority of other states in the country will soon take similar action.