Trump redirecting money to pro-life centers
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-04-03

Last Friday, the Trump administration announced that they’re awarding a $5.1 million Title X family planning grant to the California-based Obria Group to expand services to low-income individuals and families in four California counties. The Obria Group will oversee the work of seven clinic partners, including three of its own California affiliates. The group is positioning itself as a real alternative to Planned Parenthood.

According to its press release, “Obria is a nonprofit affiliate network that operates 21 health clinics and 11 mobile clinics in five states with 78 licensed medical professionals providing comprehensive health care services including: pregnancy testing and counseling, prenatal care through delivery, HIV/AIDS testing, pregnancy ultrasound, breast and cervical cancer testing, well-woman care and pap smears, STD testing and treatment, sexual risk avoidance education, adoption referral, and post-abortion support. Obria clinics do not provide contraceptives and do not do abortions,offering women and their families healthy, life-affirming care.” (Emphasis added) 

On its website, Obria states its mission “is to partner with the best pregnancy medical clinics, across the country, who share a vision to offer patients a full scope of medical services. They retain their own 501(c)(3) and governance and recognize the need to unify under a nationally recognized brand—Obria. This allows us to reach more at-risk patients together than is possible at stand-alone clinics.”

Obria says: “The goal is to provide an alternative healthcare model to break the relationship our patients currently have with the large abortion clinics by offering women compassionate, holistic, life-affirming healthcare, ultimately changing lives and the culture one woman at a time.”

Planned Parenthood was outraged that these funds were given to the Obria Group. Its anger was also fueled by the fact that the Trump administration announced on Friday that four Planned Parenthood affiliates (Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin) that operate clinics in Hawaii, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia, were “stripped of funding.”

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said in a statement: “Today, they are removing funding from these trusted health centers and providing funding to entities that do not provide evidence-based treatment.”

Congress has continually refused to remove taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. With these funding announcements, President Trump is demonstrating that he will do everything he can to at least take some taxpayer money from the largest abortion chain in the nation.