Medicaid paid $1.3 billion for "family planning"; taxpayers funded 177,000 abortions
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2011-07-20

The chart below, from Planned Parenthood's sidekick the Guttmacher Institute, shows that Medicaid provided 70.6 percent of "expenditures on family planning client services" during the fiscal year 2006 for an astounding total of $1.3 billion!

Since Planned Parenthood segregates government grants and programs from client fees in its annual reports, and Medicaid is paying 70.6 percent of expenditures on family planning client services, the $300,000 annual amount that Planned Parenthood reports as coming from government grants and programs is likely a very small percentage of the actual amount the government pays for "services" at Planned Parenthood.

While Title X is often thought to be the main source of government funding to Planned Parenthood, Title X federal family planning funds accounted for only 13.1 percent, or $241 million of family planning client services in 2006.

Medicaid is a joint program of federal and state governments, with each providing money for the program. With Planned Parenthood relying heavily upon public funding, it is easy to see that Medicaid is the real cash cow supporting the abortion profiteer.

Medicaid dwarfs Title X
Public expenditures on family planning client services, FY 2006
The Guttmacher Institute

The Guttmacher report goes on to say: "The state and federal governments spent $89 million to fund 177,000 abortion procedures for low-income women in FY 2006. The federal government contributed to the cost of only 191 procedures. Virtually all publicly funded abortion procedures occurred in the 17 states that have nonrestrictive abortion policies."

"Nonrestrictive abortion policies" refers to the fact that 17 states allow the state portion of Medicaid funds to pay directly for abortions under circumstances prohibited by the Hyde Amendment.

So while Planned Parenthood hides behind the Hyde Amendment , saying over and over again that Title X and Medicaid do not directly fund abortions, the Guttmacher Institute very clearly reports that government funds paid directly for 177,000 abortions on low-income women in 2006, and reveals the overwhelming percentage of "family planning" funding emanates from the Medicaid program.

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